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Have you ever had an idea that you thought should become a law Ideas for laws come in many ways Members of Congress present ideas for new laws Ordinary citizens may call their senator or representative with an idea Special interest groups send delegates to talk to our nations leaders Even the president has ideas for laws In order for an idea to begin the process of becoming a law a member of Congress must sponsor it Once this happens the idea becomes a bill Bills can start their journey in either part of Congress Lets follow a bill that begins in the House of Representatives Once a bill is written the sponsor introduces it to the clerk of the House or places the bill in a box called the hopper Here the clerk i gives the bill a special number beginning with the letters HR House of Representatives Then the bill is printed and sent to all members of the House of Representatives At this point the Speaker of the House sends the bill to a committee The committee studies the bill to decide if it is a good idea or not They often hold hearings to listen to why a bill should be a law After the hearings they may make changes to a bill send it on for a vote or kill the bill Now the House Rules Committee gets the bill They put it on a calendar for a vote When the bills turn comes it goes to the floor of the House of Representatives Here the representatives have a chance to talk about the bill and vote to pass it or not If a bill is passed in the House it is sent to the Senate In the Senate first First the bill is again introduced but now by a senator who must be recognized by the presiding officer and announce the introduction of the bill Secondly the Vice
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