posted on May, 15 2004 @ 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Phoenix
So Rove controls both the Senate and the Kerry campaign? nice theory ya got going there - wanna buy any bridges?
You see, the Senate, which is the smaller of the two legislative bodies, the other being the House of Representatives, drafts and passes laws that,
when signed by the President, becomes a law. The Senate has 100 members, two from each state. In order for a bill to become a law, it must be voted on
in each house. Now, if you are the President campaign's advisor, and a majority of Republicans control the Senate, you could look at someone's
schedule, and then use your influence to force a vote when someone is not there. Oh, when I said when the President signs it, it becomes law, that
was kind of misleading. The President can veto it, essentially killing the law. But, the bill gets sent back to the house of origin with his reasons
for the veto. They review the reasons it was vetoed, and vote on it again. If it gets two-thirds of the vote or greater, it is sent to the other house
for a vote. If that house also passes it by a two-thirds vote, the president's veto is overridden, and the bill becomes a law.
It's a long, complicated process, I just gave a summary of it. But, unfortunately, sometimes the process is used for political gain.