Step 1: Laws begin as ideas. These ideas can come from a representative or a citizen, like us.
Step 2: When a bill is written it needs a sponser. The representative talks to other representatives in order to get their support. Once it gets a sponser it is ready to be introduced.
Step 3: In the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill is introduced when it is placed in the hopper. Then the clerk assigns it a number that begins with H.R. Once the reading clerk reads it to all the representatives, the speaker of the House sends the bill to one of the House standing committees.
Step 5: Once the committee has approved a bill, it is sent to the house floor where it will be debated by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Step 6: Through the debation for a bill, the Representatives discuss the bill and explain why they agree or disagree with it. After this, a reading clerk reads the bill aloud section by section and the Representatives recommend changes. After all these changes have been made, the bill is ready to be voted on.
Step 7: The three methods of voting on a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:
1.) Voice vote - The Speaker of the House asks the Representatives who support the bill to say "aye" and those that oppose it say "no".
2.) Division - The Speaker of the House asks those Representatives who support the bill to stand up and be counted, and then those who oppose the bill to stand up and be counted.
3.) Recorded - Representatives record their vote using the electronic voting system. Representatives can vote yes, no, or present (if they don't want to vote on the bill).
Of the majority of the Representatives say or select yes, the bill is passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Then it is certified by the clerk of the House and delivered to the U.S. Senate.