How a Bill Becomes a Law: Crash Course Government and Politics #9

  • Published on Mar 20, 2015
  • Oh my, Craig has his work cut out for him this week. The process of how a bill becomes a law can be pretty complex, fraught with potential bill-death at every corner. As if just getting through committee isn’t difficult enough, bills have to navigate a series of amendments and votes in both houses, potentially more committees, further compromise bills, and even more floor votes, just to end up on the chopping block of the president. And then in one fell swoop the president can stop a bill in its tracks with a veto! But then again, a presidential veto isn’t necessarily a bill’s end either.
    As you can see we’ve got to lot to cover, and we’ll be the first to admit this has been covered before, and extraordinarily well might we add, by the folks at School House Rock. But we’ll give it our best shot - without the singing of course. Well, not too much singing anyway.
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Comments • 857

  • JJ Y
    JJ Y 13 days ago

    Answer: executive action

  • Pokemon Fan 300
    Pokemon Fan 300 13 days ago

    I see Flippy from Happy Tree Friends 1:17

  • OVXX
    OVXX Month ago +1

    so why do we still have so many stupid and dangerous laws???

  • Mike Mox
    Mike Mox Month ago

    This makes me want to be President. I've never thought about it before.

  • Harsha Vardhan
    Harsha Vardhan Month ago

    it think google is the best social studies teachers

  • Enrico Sarmiento
    Enrico Sarmiento 2 months ago

    What is it with him and punching the eagle?

  • Hank Igoe
    Hank Igoe 2 months ago

    So failing to get things done isn't a bug, it's a feature

  • Ali Mora
    Ali Mora 3 months ago

    This guys funny

  • Tom McMorrow
    Tom McMorrow 3 months ago

    Here in New Jersey, a bill to legalize marijuana does *not* become a law when it is 2 votes shy in the Senate and gets yanked. Like you said, nobody wants to try and fail in public.
    Still salty about it. I pray it passes by our hand in 2020!

  • J Henni
    J Henni 3 months ago

    eagles dont have bills they have beaks.
    you should said duck, or plataypus or anything with an actual bill.
    who wrote your line. fire that person immediately.

    • J Henni
      J Henni 3 months ago

      i googled it. a bill and beak are synomous and the exact same thing.
      dont fire anyone please.

  • Peter Morales (Student)
    Peter Morales (Student) 4 months ago +1

    You put the mlg glasses i subscribble

  • Danky Von Stank
    Danky Von Stank 4 months ago

    Eagles don't have bills, they have beaks.

  • Ticonderoga444
    Ticonderoga444 4 months ago

    Should have got AOC to narrate this video. It would be a good laugh hearing her explain all of this

  • Occidental Savage
    Occidental Savage 4 months ago

    Thanks for the video!
    Sadly, I have a B.A. in Political Science. I learned quite a bit.
    More like a BS! Ehhhh....

  • Tyler Lamarre
    Tyler Lamarre 4 months ago

    omg the best vid ever

  • gerard2563 ad diaz
    gerard2563 ad diaz 4 months ago

    This f-cking video did not help

  • Chuck E. Cheese Locations and showtapes and more! !

    Why is flippy in this 😂😂

    BROOKLYN R00TZ 5 months ago

    I wonder who would pass the law "18 to party" here in n.y.? Parents do you like the fact that your eighteen yr. Old daughter is allowed in a bar or club to party and dance with 21 yr. Old (and older) men ? Who wants a change?

  • Tom Mouth
    Tom Mouth 5 months ago

    Thank you it's hard to understand the legislation in the US. especially for a german. Thank you!!!!!!

  • Aritul
    Aritul 5 months ago

    Thank you. These videos have been so informative.

  • Silk G
    Silk G 5 months ago

    note 4:37

  • Morro
    Morro 6 months ago


  • Darth Utah 66
    Darth Utah 66 6 months ago

    1st comment

  • Autumn Battisti
    Autumn Battisti 6 months ago +1

    You talk really fast it’s kind of hard to keep up. Pretty hard actually

  • Madhu Sudan
    Madhu Sudan 6 months ago

    Not understand

  • Agnieszka Górzkowska
    Agnieszka Górzkowska 6 months ago

    omg he's talking way too fast, especially if somebody's not a native speaker

  • Brendan Orr
    Brendan Orr 7 months ago

    hi craig

  • Thomas Whitehead
    Thomas Whitehead 7 months ago

    Actually, a beak.

  • Professor Comics
    Professor Comics 7 months ago

    Good refresher on Govt. and Politics, but also a really upbeat tone. Great job, Craig!

  • Emry Caraway
    Emry Caraway 7 months ago

    Thanks Crash Course! You really helped!

  • Elijah Ford
    Elijah Ford 7 months ago

    0:16-0:18 braibpop?

  • Nugget Chicken
    Nugget Chicken 7 months ago

    Ap gov gang

  • Recon
    Recon 7 months ago

    Who has the awnsers to the worksheet

  • 笹原嵐
    笹原嵐 7 months ago

    He's reading a script! I see his eyes moving from left to right! ;)

  • lawn mower
    lawn mower 7 months ago

    So this isn't School of Rock?

  • Samuel Cho
    Samuel Cho 7 months ago +1

    When you are the 8000th like... Why am I like this.

  • Rakhil T.
    Rakhil T. 8 months ago +1

    Our founders didn't consider that the tyrant that needs to be stopped may be the president and this complicated process makes it harder for congress to stop him.

    • Julian T.
      Julian T. 6 months ago

      Yes, they did. That's why they gave Congress the power of the purse and of legislation. The Executive (Trump) can only enforce laws Congress had already passed, and can only spend money Congress had approved.

    • Pool-Aid
      Pool-Aid 7 months ago

      I always thought that's what the second amendment was for lol

  • Flaky
    Flaky 8 months ago +1


  • Nathan Meunier
    Nathan Meunier 8 months ago +1

    1:20 completely on the right. You only understand the reference if you’ve watched it 😂

  • The Dracobirthstonian
    The Dracobirthstonian 8 months ago +1

    It becomes an official bill...
    When I say it does. Young children should be seen not heard!

  • David Sivak
    David Sivak 8 months ago +2

    Talk faster if possible...

  • Kamaljeet Singh
    Kamaljeet Singh 8 months ago +2

    Please speak slowly!!!

  • Teddy Walsh
    Teddy Walsh 8 months ago +1

    Is that Amanda Waller on the Senate Armed Services Committee?

  • The Adventures Of Guest And Noob

    why you love punching so many eagles craig!

  • The Adventures Of Guest And Noob

    pause at 0:29 RIP EAGLE

  • Qui Santewa
    Qui Santewa 9 months ago

    Watching in 2018 in an attempt to understand what the hell is going on right now in government over the looming government shutdown and the wall. Lol

  • Joshau Jackson
    Joshau Jackson 9 months ago

    im josh

  • turtle mgurtle
    turtle mgurtle 9 months ago

    My local post office doesn’t have a name

  • D. R.
    D. R. 9 months ago

    You are funny, dude. Enjoy your videos very much. Thanks tons

  • Needhi B
    Needhi B 9 months ago

    What about the house putting a hold on a bill and the cloture rule for the senate. Does the House rules Commitee review all bills even when a bill starts in a house?

  • sugadaddy
    sugadaddy 10 months ago

    im still confused...

  • Ibrahim Ibrahim
    Ibrahim Ibrahim 10 months ago


  • Yulbay
    Yulbay 10 months ago +1

    your video and high octane tempo does not help at all.

  • Tai Davis
    Tai Davis 10 months ago

    So awesome ! This video helped me a lot! I have a project for my gov. class on how bills are made laws. The School House Rock video gave me the basic idea, but your video really helped me understand the details! Thanks a bunch!

  • Daniel Newhouse
    Daniel Newhouse 10 months ago

    The video doesn't name the binder that the law is recorded within. It's called the congressional ledger.

  • karen2011stl
    karen2011stl 10 months ago

    How do you bring back a abolished law?

  • Emma T
    Emma T 10 months ago

    "think of all the post offices that aren't named. you can't think of one, can you? name it. you can't. it's not named." lol it's just like being back in 3rd grade with all of those smart-alecs.

    CHR0MEMATIC 11 months ago

    1:16 oh hey Flippy.

  • MSEAD123
    MSEAD123 11 months ago +1

    Great video, I often come back to.

  • Jamie Wall
    Jamie Wall 11 months ago