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ROBINDESBOIS October 28, 2020 01:25 AM

Approve vs pass
Can anybody explain the difference between approve a law and pass a law? Thanks

poli October 28, 2020 07:23 AM

The meaning is similar. Approval is part of the process of passing a law. Congress may approve or pass a bill, but that does not necessarily mean a law is passed. The president must sign it into law, and, as far as I know, once the law is signed and approved by the president, it is passed into law.

Glen October 28, 2020 10:15 AM

To my mind a law can be approved, informally, but passed only after it's been voted on favorably by the majority

poli October 29, 2020 01:53 PM

That is right, Glen. Additionally, to confuse matters, approve and pass a law are sometimes used interchangeably, but when a law is signed, it is passed into law, and that is much more solid term than an approval. Senate or congress may approve a law, but the president signs it in and passes it.

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