August 14th, 2003

Self-Portrait 3

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"Whoo! You sure gotta climb a lotta 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 capital 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'm still just a bill.

"Gee, Bill, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage!"

"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 oughtta be a law.' Then he sat down and wrote me out and
introduced me to 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 sit here and wait
While a few key congressmen
Discuss and debate
Whether they should
Let me be a law...
Oh how I hope and pray that they will,
But today I am still just a bill.

"Listen to those congressmen arguing! Is all that discussion and
debate about you?"

"Yes. I'm one of the lucky ones. Most bills never even get this far.
I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise I may die."


"Yeah: die, in committee. Oooh! But it looks like I'm gonna live!
Now I go to the House of Representatives and they vote on me."

"If they vote 'yes', what happens?"

"Then I go to the Senate and the whole thing starts all over again."

"Oh no!"

"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 if he signs me then I'll be a law...
Oh, how I hope and pray that he will,
But today I am still just a bill.

"You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the
President can still say no?"

"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

"By that time, it's very unlikely that you'll *become* a law! It's
not easy to become a law, is it?"

No! But how I hope and I pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill!

"He signed you, bill! Now you're a law!"

"Oh, YEAH!"
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