Making Laws

What the Prez Says

With enough compromise, the House of Representatives and Senate can finish the difficult job of creating a compromise bill and getting both houses to pass it. Woot! It's a law now, right?

Not so fast! Congress doesn’t get to create laws alone. There’s someone else involved: The President! As the head of the executive branch, the President gets to decide whether to sign the bill into law or veto it. If the President signs the bill, it becomes law… but a veto sends it back to Congress! Time to freak out? Not yet. If Congress can override the veto with two-thirds of members supporting the bill, it will still become law. Then, finally, it’s party time!

Watch the video clip to see how this works.

Response Question: 

Imagine the president vetoes a bill. Congress tries to override the veto, but only half of Congress supports the bill.

  • Will the bill become law?
  • What could be done to help the bill gain approval?
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