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CAPITOL HILL 101 HOW DOES A BILL BECOME A LAW? The bill will be scheduled for a vote by the entire House or Senate, if it passes at the level of committee. Various rules and deals can result in little or no debate on bills, and in the Senate, “filibusters” (unlimited debate, sometimes lasting serval hours to serval days) are sometimes used to delay or prevent bills from passing. The chairman of a subcommittee or committee has great power to push a bill or prevent a vote from taking place. You may hear a bill will “die in committee,” meaning it has no support, or, that the chairman will not put it to a vote (or even debate) because he opposes the bill and is afraid it might pass. Once passes by both houses, a “Conference Committee” of several Representatives and Senators will be selected to work out any differences between the Senate and House versions, and only after both houses have approved the same language will the final version be presented to the President for his signature or veto. Would you like to schedule a personalized group session of Capitol Hill 101 for your church, school, or community group? Please contact us at [email protected].