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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How a Bill becomes a Law A member of Congress must introduce a bill. Usually citizens contact their Congressmen to suggest an idea. House Senate The Bill is placed in the Hopper. The Bill must be recognized by the Presiding Officer and is given a number in the order it's adressed. SubCommittees Here the Bill receives 'mark ups' to be approved for a full committee. Senators hold hearings, debates, provisions, and 'mark ups' to go to a full committee. The Full Committee determines if the Bill is approved and is sent to the full House. Committees The Full Committee considers the Bill and approves it for the full Senate. Rules Committee The Rules Committee setsthe rules for the debate on the Bill and sends it tothe full House. Leadership Here the minority and majority leaders agree by 'unanimous consent'and scheduled it for debate. Full House Full Senate The House debates andamends the Bill. If passed itheads to a Conference. Full Senate debates and amends the Bill. It may be different from the House's and is sent to Conference Conference Committee White House A committee of House Members and Senators dispute the differences between the bill.Once in agreement the new form is sent back to the House and Senate. If accepted it is sent to the President. The President signs the Bill or may veto it. This can be override by a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate. Dan Harber and Jordan Klaus Most Bills are killed here and only the Bills that have enough time for are reviewed. Finally the Bill becomes a Law! A discharge petition may be signed by the majority to bring back dead Bills. Here, riders, or provisions, may be attached to the Bill to secure its passage or defeat.
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