A Bill Becomes a Law
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Unit 13
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Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction

Unit 13


1. Once the president receives a bill, he has ten days to decide whether to approve or veto it. Approved bills are signed by the president, often in a public ceremony including the bill's key supporters.

COMING SOON! [Video: Bill signing ceremony]

2.Bills that are vetoed are sent back to the house of origin with a message from the president indicating his areas of disagreement. A bill can still become a law if two-thirds of each chamber agree to override the veto. Otherwise the legislation as written is dead.

COMING SOON! [Video: Veto override attempt]

Unit Introduction












Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes