Government 101

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It seems that the people who post items like this are ignorant on how government works. They must have failed their high school government class and payed no attention to the Schoolhouse Rock spot for “I’m Just a Bill”.

First of all President Trump, or any President for that matter, has absolutely no control what-so-ever as to what passes in the House or Senate. None. But let’s look at facts instead of hate mongering on the President.

H.R. 299 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, is a bill that originated in the House of Representatives. That is why it has the name that begins with H.R. That stands for House Resolution. This particular bill was introduced by a Republican Representative from California in January of 2017. This fact of course gets over looked by the Left.

It takes a while for a bill to go through committee, hearings, debate and committee vote before it gets released out to the general House for a full vote. In the case of this bill this didn’t happen until June of 2018, a year and a half since it was introduced. And this bill passed the House with support from Republican and Democratic Party members by 382 to 0.

At that point the bill went over to the Senate Veteran Affairs committee for hearings, debate, and committee vote before it will go to the full Senate. This bill didn’t fail in the Senate yet. It is still in committee awaiting a committee vote which was just recently proposed by both Democratic and Republican members of the committee.

If this bill dies in committee, it will be the fault of the Senate Veteran Affairs committee members, not that of President Trump. If the committee passes the bill, it will go for a full Senate debate and vote. They could tack on additional amendments which would delay the process as it would then have to go back to the House again. If no such changes are made to it and it passes the full Senate vote when it comes. Then President Trump actually becomes involved.

The President has 10 days to sign the bill making it law. If he does not it will become law anyway if Congress is in session. If Congress is not in session during that 10 day period and the President doesn’t sign it then the bill will die.

The President could veto the bill if something was tacked on to it by either house of Congress that the President disagrees with and send it back to Congress to deal with it. If both houses pass it again, without modification, it would override the President’s veto and it would become law that way. Our President needs line item veto to be able to pass good legislation while trimming the fat from it.

So at this point the President doesn’t have anything to do with this bill until it really reaches his desk. If this bill fails it is due to the legislature, not the president. Stop hating on the President for things he has no control over what so ever.

Author: bynw

Chris aka "bynw" is the site owner and primary post author. A life-long conservative Constitutionalist when it comes to politics. A believer and follower of Jesus Christ. A Linux enthusiast. And a gamer.

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