I wrote this over at the Cracked.com forums and just remembered it now. It is an accurate and factual representation of the inner workings of the U.S. federal legislative branch. I hope it isn’t too dry.
How A Bill Becomes a Law
The United States Congress has two houses, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. These are actually groups of people, not literal houses, differing from governments you may familiar with, such as Canada or France, where two large inanimate buildings make all the legislative decisions. A bill can be introduced in either house.