How a Bill Becomes a Law Essay

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How a Bill Becomes a Law This is a subject that when assigned to me automatically brought to mind the song from “Schoolhouse Rock” called “I’m Just a Bill” containing the lyrics: “I'm just a bill.
 Yes, I'm only a bill.
 And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
 Well, it's a long, long journey
 To the capital city.
 It's a long, long wait
 While I'm sitting in committee,
 But I know I'll be a law someday
 At least I hope and pray that I will,
 But today I am still just a bill.” That’s because when I was younger it was one of the DVD’s that we were allowed to watch in my household, and there weren’t a lot of them we WERE allowed to watch! Of course, there is a bit more to it than just what the cartoon portrayed, and I was lucky enough to be part of a family that has been actively involved in the political process and the work of passing legislation since long before I was born. It still is a huge disappointment to me when something I see so people work tirelessly on, because of their true belief in it’s need to become a law, never make it out of committee, or make it out only to become something totally different than it was proposed to be. But when it all goes right, THIS is how a bill becomes a law. It does not matter which house of Congress you are elected to, you can be the one to introduce a piece of legislation that can become a law. If you are elected to the House of Representatives, you hand in your bill to the clerk of the House, or place it in the Hopper, which is the box on the clerk’s desk where he receives bills or the resolutions to introduce bills. If you are a member of the Senate, you will state your case during the Morning Hour. This refers to the time defined under Senate Rule VII during which the Presiding Officer calls for the introduction of any bills and joint legislation to be presented. This is supposed to take place after a LOT of other

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