Act (Political Science)

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  • A bill that has been approved by at least one house of Congress. It is called an “act” because it indicates the action of one body of Congress. In popular usage, many acts are still commonly referred to as “bills.” If the act is also approved by the other house of Congress and the president, it will become a law. If the president vetoes the act, a two-thirds majority of both houses is needed to override his veto for the bill to become law. State legislatures also produce acts, which follow their respective legislative processes to become law.


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