How a Bill Becomes a Law


One of the responsibilities of Congress is to make laws. Every new federal law begins as a bill proposed to Congress. Each bill is considered by the Senate and the House of Representatives, following the procedures outlined by the Constitution.
Watch a School House Rock video on a Bill's journey:





More Resources on How Laws are Made:
Ben's Guide for Government How Laws are Made


In the United States, citizens have a say in their government by electing a president, senators and representatives. These officials are interested in knowing what their constituents think about issues. One way to let your representative know what you think is through letter writing.
There are many issues that are under discussion for legislation. For example:
  • The environment (hydrofracking in New York State is one issue)
  • education
  • taxes
  • health care
  • immigration
  • gun control
and many more. You may find what your senators say about some of these on their web pages (see links below). Research one of these issues and write a letter to one of your New York State senators, telling her or him what your views are. Be sure to take a stand and try to convince your senator of your viewpoint.

Your Senators' webpages. You may find their contact information here.
Kirstin Gillirand
Charles Schumer