All that stuff you learned back in school about how a bill becomes law takes on a whole new light when you’re a voting citizen. So here’s a little refresher on what happens behind the scenes!
In the United States all of our laws began as bills. Bills must be approved by the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and the President before becoming a law. Though the steps for getting through each of the chambers are slightly different, the overall basics remain the same. Let’s take a quick journey through the process as if the bill was introduced into the US House of Representatives.
When a bill has passed through both chambers and is approved by the President (or the veto is overridden), the bill becomes a law!
At every step along the process before the bill is finalized, YOU have the opportunity to influence how your lawmakers vote. The emails you receive from us make it easy to help drive our bills forward, and your voice is needed on every one of them.
Here’s a little ditty you might even remember from school that sums it up with a beat!
Thanks for this great reminder. Its easy to forget it takes a lot of work to go from idea, to bill, to law. How empowering that we can affect change!