How a Bill Becomes a Law

The general process by which a piece of legislation (a bill) becomes federal law in the United States is dictated by the Constitution. Both the House and Senate must pass an identical bill, which then must be signed by the president in order to have the force of law.

In actuality, this seemingly simple process is quite complicated, and comprises many stages. Below you will find three different forms of the process: basic written, a chart and lastly the video “It’s a Bill.” If you are 45 years old or younger you will remember this last one.

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How a Bill Becomes a Law

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