How does the vice president assist with passing a law?

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The vice president typically has very little to do with a law passing.

In formal terms, the vice president can only vote on a law if the Senate vote on that law is tied.  In that case, the vice president casts the tie-breaking vote.

Vice presidents can have an informal impact on making laws.  Vice presidents may help the president try to lobby members of Congress to vote for a law.  This does not always happen and it is not a formal power of the vice president.

In terms of the formal rules of “how a bill becomes a law,” then, the vice president has little to do with a law passing.

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