Infographic: How a Bill Actually Becomes a Law

Let's face it, the Schoolhouse Rock version of how a bill becomes a law is a gross oversimplification. In reality there are lobbyists and amendments, CBO scores and committees, and the ever-present threat of a filibuster. This graphic above, which you can see full size here , shows how a bill actually becomes a law.

This was just one of the winners in the Sunlight Foundation's recent Design for America contest . There's also an excellent guide to the Senate rules , and a brilliant, user-friendly redesign of the IRS website . You can see all the winners here .

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