Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Schoolhouse Rock: How a Bill Becomes a Law

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Boy: Woof! You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to get to this Capitol Building here in Washington.

But I wonder who that sad little scrap of paper is?

I'm just a bill.Yes, I'm only a bill.And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.Well, it's a

long, long journeyTo the capital city.It's a long, long waitWhile I'm sitting in committee,But

I know I'll be a law somedayAt least I hope and pray that I will,But today I am still

just a bill. Boy: Gee, Bill, you certainly have a lot of

patience and courage. Bill: Well I got this far. When I started,

I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea. Some folks back home decided they wanted a

law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, "You're right, there oughta be

a law." Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became

a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.

I'm just a billYes I'm only a bill,And I got as far as Capitol Hill.Well, now I'm stuck

in committeeAnd I'll sit here and wait While a few key Congressmen discuss and debateWhether

they should let me be a law.How I hope and pray that they will,But today I am still just

a bill. Boy: Listen to those congressmen arguing!

Is all that discussion and debate about you? Bill: Yeah, I'm one of the lucky ones. Most

bills never even get this far. I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise

I may die. Boy: Die?

Bill: Yeah, die in committee. Oooh, but it looks like I'm gonna live! Now I go to the

House of Representatives, and they vote on me.

Boy: If they vote yes, what happens? Bill: Then I go to the Senate and the whole

thing starts all over again. Boy: Oh no!

Bill: Oh yes! I'm just a billYes, I'm only a billAnd if

they vote for me on Capitol HillWell, then I'm off to the White HouseWhere I'll wait

in a lineWith a lot of other billsFor the president to signAnd if he signs me, then

I'll be a law.How I hope and pray that he will,But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the president can still

say no? Bill: Yes, that's called a veto. If the President

vetoes me, I have to go back to Congress and they vote on me again, and by that time you're

so old... Boy: By that time it's very unlikely that

you'll become a law. It's not easy to become a law, is it?

Bill: No! But how I hope and I pray that I will,But

today I am still just a bill. Congressman: He signed you, Bill! Now you're

a law! Bill: Oh yes!!!

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