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Lyrics to "I'm Just a Bill"

Lyrics Available on: http://users.capu.net/~highway/Lyrics/just_a_bill.shtml

< Woof! 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 "You're right,
there ought to 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.>
< 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
it's...>
< 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 yes!>
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