Creating Laws for the Good of the People

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Creating laws for the good of the people is the U.S. House of Representatives’ most important job. Every law in the United States began as a bill, but before a bill can become a law, it must be approved by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President. The creation of a law from a bill is a lengthy and difficult process but helps ensure that only the best bills while continue as laws. Laws begin their journey as ideas. These ideas may come from anyone. It could come from a Representative, or from a citizen like you. If a citizen has an idea for a law, they can contact their Representatives to discuss their idea. If the Representatives agree, they can research the idea and write it into a bill. Once a Representative has written a bill, it needs a sponsor. The Representative will talk with other Representatives about the bill in hopes of getting support for it. Once a bill has a sponsor and is supported by some of the Representatives, it is ready to be introduced. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill is introduced when it is placed in “the hopper” which is a box on the side of the clerk’s desk. Only Representatives can introduce bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. A bill clerk then assigns it a number that begins with “H.R.” A reading clerk then reads the bill to all the Representatives, and the Speaker of the House sends the bill to one of the House standing committees. When the bill gets to committee, committee members—groups of
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