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The general process for making a bill into a law is described in the Constitution As with many things however the Constitution leaves most of the details to the people of the day dictating just the overall picture Before we delve into those details however a look at the general process is useful First a bill must pass both houses of Congress by a majority vote After it has passed out of Congress it is sent along to the President If the President signs the bill it becomes law The President might not sign the bill however If he specifically rejects the bill called a veto the bill returns to Congress There it is voted on again and if both houses of Congress pass the bill again but this time by a two-thirds majority then the bill becomes law without the Presidents signature This is called overriding a veto and is difficult to do because of the two-thirds majority requirement Alternately the President can sit on the bill taking no action on it at all If the President takes no action at all and ten days passes not including Sundays the bill becomes law without the Presidents signature However if the Congress has adjourned before the ten days passes and without a Presidential signature the bill fails This is known as a pocket veto The process laid out in the Constitution is relatively complicated when it comes to vetoes but pretty simple when it comes to approving a bill But in reality there is a lot more to law making than these steps spelled out in a clause of the Constitution Bills originate from several different sources but primarily from individual members of Congress In addition bills might be brought to a member by a constituent or by a group of constituents a bill can be submitted to a member of Congress by one or more state legislatures or the President or his administration might
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