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 Bill     is introduced in either the House of  Representatives or the Senate
Bill is sentto theappropriatecommittee In committee, bill is analyzed, revised, and  voted on Most bills die in committe...
 In your committee circle, pass your bill to  the left. Read the bill. Make any revisions you think would make the  bil...
 Billsthat make it past  committee, go to the  House or Senate floor. Members of congress  who support the bill try  to ...
 Combine    with the other committee from  your house. All bills that got approved in committee  should be read aloud to...
 Bills      that pass the floor vote are sent to the  other house. Trade bills with the other house.
 Billis sent to the appropriate committee in  the other house Now this committee analyzes, revises, and  votes on the bi...
 In your committee circle, divide the new bills  between your members. Read the bill you have been given. Make any revi...
 Bills that make it past committees in the  other house go to a floor vote Supporters and opponents argue for or  agains...
 Combine    with the other committee from  your house. All bills that got approved in committee  should be read aloud to...
 Ifthe bill is passed in the floor vote in both  houses, it moves to a conference committee. Conference committees compr...
 Get   into your conference committee group Ifyour bill has made it past both  houses, bring it with you to the conferen...
 The  final version of the bill is sent back to  the floor of each house for a final floor vote. Each member of each hou...
 Go   back to your original house group. One  representative from each conference committee will read their final versio...
 If the bill passes the final vote  in both houses, it is sent to  the President The president has 4 options:     Sign ...
 Bring your bills that have passed the final  vote to my desk (I am the president).I   will either sign or veto your bil...
 Ifyou made it through all 9 steps, your bill  has become a law! 
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  1. 1. Classroom Activity
  2. 2.  Bill is introduced in either the House of Representatives or the Senate
  3. 3. Bill is sentto theappropriatecommittee In committee, bill is analyzed, revised, and voted on Most bills die in committee (they don’t make it past this step)
  4. 4.  In your committee circle, pass your bill to the left. Read the bill. Make any revisions you think would make the bill better On the back of the bill, write a check if you think it should move on, or an “X” if you do not think the bill is a good idea. Pass the bill to the left and repeat process until you have read and voted on every bill in your committee.
  5. 5.  Billsthat make it past committee, go to the House or Senate floor. Members of congress who support the bill try to convince others to vote for it Members who oppose the bill argue against it. The entire house votes on the bill.
  6. 6.  Combine with the other committee from your house. All bills that got approved in committee should be read aloud to your entire house. One member should argue for each bill, and another member should argue against each bill. All members in your house will vote on each bill.
  7. 7.  Bills that pass the floor vote are sent to the other house. Trade bills with the other house.
  8. 8.  Billis sent to the appropriate committee in the other house Now this committee analyzes, revises, and votes on the bill.
  9. 9.  In your committee circle, divide the new bills between your members. Read the bill you have been given. Make any revisions you think would make the bill better On the back of the bill, write a check if you think it should move on, or an “X” if you do not think the bill is a good idea. Pass the bill to the left and repeat process until you have read and voted on every bill in your committee.
  10. 10.  Bills that make it past committees in the other house go to a floor vote Supporters and opponents argue for or against the bill Every member of that house votes on the bill.
  11. 11.  Combine with the other committee from your house. All bills that got approved in committee should be read aloud to your entire house. One member should argue for each bill, and another member should argue against each bill. All members in your house will vote on each bill.
  12. 12.  Ifthe bill is passed in the floor vote in both houses, it moves to a conference committee. Conference committees compromise to settle any differences between the two versions of the bill Conference committees re-write the bill and to create its final draft.
  13. 13.  Get into your conference committee group Ifyour bill has made it past both houses, bring it with you to the conference committee. Create the final draft of your bill by re- writing it to incorporate changes that everyone in your conference committee can agree on.
  14. 14.  The final version of the bill is sent back to the floor of each house for a final floor vote. Each member of each house votes to approve the final version of the bill
  15. 15.  Go back to your original house group. One representative from each conference committee will read their final version of the bill to each house. Eachmember of your house will vote to either approve or deny the final version of the bill
  16. 16.  If the bill passes the final vote in both houses, it is sent to the President The president has 4 options:  Sign the bill into law!  Veto- bill does not become law  Do nothing- after 10 days bill becomes law  Pocket veto- if the congress session ends within those 10 days and the president does not sign it, then it does not become a law.
  17. 17.  Bring your bills that have passed the final vote to my desk (I am the president).I will either sign or veto your bill. IfI veto your bill, it can still become a law if 2/3 of the class votes to override the veto.
  18. 18.  Ifyou made it through all 9 steps, your bill has become a law! 
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