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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 You will need: A President The House The Senate 2. Committee Action- As soon as a bill is introduced, it is referred to a committee. At this point the bill is examined carefully and its chances for passage are first determined. 3. Subcommittee Review- Often, bills are referred to a subcommittee for study and hearings. Hearings provide the opportunity to put on the record the views of the executive branch, experts, other public officials and supporters, and opponents of the legislation. 4. Mark Up- When the hearings are completed, the subcommittee may meet to "mark up" the bill; that is, make changes and amendments prior to recommending the bill to the full committee. 5. Committee Action To Report A Bill- After receiving a subcommittee's report on a bill the full committee votes on its recommendation to the House or Senate. 6. Voting- After the debate and the approval of any amendments, the bill is passed or defeated by the members voting. How A Bill Becomes A Law 1. A Bill Is Born- Anyone may draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation, and, by doing so, become the sponsor(s). A Bill 7. Referral To Other Chamber- When the House or Senate passes a bill, it is referred to the other chamber, where it usually follows the same route through committee and floor action. 8. If the conferees are unable to reach agreement, the legislation dies. If agreement is reached, a conference report is prepared describing the committee members' recommendations for changes. Both the House and Senate must approve the conference report. Eldin Cvrk Period 7 9. After both the House and Senate have approved a bill in identical form, it is sent to the president. If the president approves of the legislation, he signs it and it becomes law.
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