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  1. How a Bill Becomes a Law

  2. Ideas can come from • Congress • Private Citizens • White House • Special Interest Groups • M.A.D.D. or NAACP

  3. When introduced – all bills dealing with money begin in the House of Representatives • Other bills can be entered into either house

  4. Committees can: • Pass a bill without changes • Add changes and suggest it be passed • Replace the original bill with a new alternative • Pigeonhole the bill—ignore it and let it die • Kill the bill by majority vote

  5. Only takes a majority to pass a bill and then it goes to the other house • If either house wants to change it before voting it through then a conference committee can be formed

  6. Senators can talk as long as they want on the floor—known as a filibuster • Filibuster can be ended with a cloture—causing no talking for over 1 hour

  7. The president can… Sign the bill into law

  8. Veto, or refuse to sign, the bill

  9. Sit on a bill for 10 days, while Congress is in session, to automatically make it a law • Sit on a bill for 10 days, while Congress is NOT in session to kill it—a.k.a. Pocket Veto

  10. To overturn a veto a 2/3 vote in BOTH houses is needed