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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How a Bill Becomes a Law 1st Reading Sent To Standing Committee 3 MAIN Options for a bill Rules Committee 2nd Reading 3rd Reading The amendments cannot be approved unless two-thirds of the legislators agree to the change.Following a vote on amendments, the bill once again comes to a vote by the full body. If the bill is scheduled for a second reading, any legislator of the housecan suggest amendments to the bill. The amendments can be approved by a majority vote of the full body of legislators. Amend, Vote, or Table the bill After the first reading, the presiding officer assigns the bill to a committee. This assignment is announced on the chamber floor during the first reading of the bill. If the President approves of the legislation he/she signs it and it becomes law. Or, the President cantake no action for ten days, while Congress is in session, and it automatically becomes law. If the President opposes the bill he/she can veto it; or, if he/she takes no action after the Congress has adjourned its second session, it is a pocket veto and the legislation dies. A simple majorityof the full house can advance the bill. If a majority vote is not received, the bill dies. Vote on Bill After a bill has been introduced, a short description of the bill, called a caption, is read aloud while the chamber is in session so that all of the members are aware of the bill and its subject Sent to Other Chamber Establishes limits for debate and amendments for each bill that goes through the House of Representatives. If passed the bill is sent to the other chamber and the previous steps are repeated. A conference committee is formed to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions. The committee attempts to reach an agreement on each bill. Both the House and the Senate must approve of the conference report. Conference Committee Sent to President ? Outcome
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