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    GIRL: Whew! 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 journey
    To the capitol city
    It's a long, long wait
    While I'm sitting in committee
    But I know I'll be a law someday
    At least I hope and pray that I will
    But today I am still just a bill

    GIRL: 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 t Congress, and I became a bill. And I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.

    I'm just a bill
    Yes I'm only a bill
    And I got as far as Capitol Hill
    Well, now I'm stuck in committee
    And I'll sit here and wait
    While a few key congressmen discuss and debate
    Whether they should let me be a law
    How I hope and pray that they will
    But today I am still just a bill

    GIRL: 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 my favorably, otherwise I may die.

    GIRL: Die!

    BILL: Yeah, die in committee. Ooh! But it looks like I'm gonna live! Now I got the House of Representatives and they vote on me.

    GIRL: If they vote yes, what happens?

    BILL: Then I got the Senate and the whole thing starts all over again.

    GIRL: Oh no!

    BILL: Oh yes!

    I'm just a bill
    Yes, I'm only a bill
    And if they vote for me on Capitol Hill
    Well, then I'm off to the White House
    Where I'll wait in a line
    With a lot of other bills
    For the President to sign
    And 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

    GIRL: 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...

    GIRL: By that time, it's very unlikely that you become a law. It's not easy to become a law, is it?

    BILL: No!

    But how I hope and pray that I will
    But today I am still just a bill

    CONGRESSMAN: He signed you, Bill! Now you're a law!

    BILL: Right on!

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