"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

Date: March 11, 2013
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses the "Sense of" resolutions, which are considered under the normal legislative processes of each chamber applicable to any other legislative vehicle.
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Introducing a Senate Bill or Resolution

Introducing a Senate Bill or Resolution

Date: July 7, 2014
Creator: Oleszek, Mark J.
Description: This report provides an overview of the most common considerations that may be taken into account when preparing the initial draft for a Senate bill or resolution.
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Changes to Senate Procedures in the 113th Congress Affecting the Operation of Cloture (S.Res. 15 and S.Res. 16)

Changes to Senate Procedures in the 113th Congress Affecting the Operation of Cloture (S.Res. 15 and S.Res. 16)

Date: March 13, 2013
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Description: The 113th Congress; S.Res. 16 made two changes to the standing rules of the Senate. This report explains the provisions of each new standing order and rule.
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Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Date: May 13, 2010
Creator: Keith, Robert
Description: This report provides information on congressional practices with respect to the duration of continuing resolutions, including the use of full-year measures, and focuses particularly on the period covering FY1998-FY2010.
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Legislative Options After Citizens United v. FEC: Constitutional and Legal Issues

Legislative Options After Citizens United v. FEC: Constitutional and Legal Issues

Date: March 8, 2010
Creator: Whitaker, L. P.; Lunder, Erika K.; Manuel, Kate M.; Maskell, Jack & Seitzinger, Michael V.
Description: This report provides a background on legislative options after Citizens United v. FEC. The report discusses increased disclaimer requirements, disclosure of donors to organizations, restrictions on foreign-owned corporations, and taxation of corporate campaign-related expenditures.
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Bills and Resolutions: Examples of How Each Kind Is Used

Bills and Resolutions: Examples of How Each Kind Is Used

Date: December 2, 2010
Creator: Beth, Richard S.
Description: When Congress seeks to pass a law, it uses a bill or joint resolution, which must be passed by both houses in identical form, then presented to the President for his approval or disapproval. This report briefly describes this process.
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Federal Employees' Retirement System: Benefits and Financing

Federal Employees' Retirement System: Benefits and Financing

Date: May 20, 2011
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: One or both houses of Congress may formally express opinions about subjects of current national interest through freestanding simple or concurrent resolutions (called generically "sense of the House," "sense of the Senate," or "sense of the Congress" resolutions). These opinions may also be added to pending legislative measures by amendments expressing the views of one or both chambers. This report identifies the various forms these expressions may take and the procedures governing such actions.
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Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Date: April 28, 2011
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides information on congressional practices with respect to the duration of continuing resolutions, including the use of full-year measures, and focuses particularly on the period covering FY1998-FY2011.
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Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Date: March 22, 2011
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides information on congressional practices with respect to the duration of continuing resolutions, including the use of full-year measures, and focuses particularly on the period covering FY1998-FY2010.
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House Resolutions of Inquiry

House Resolutions of Inquiry

Date: June 17, 2009
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: The resolution of inquiry is a simple House resolution that seeks factual information from the executive branch. This report explains the history, procedure, specific uses of resolutions of inquiry, and notes recent increases in their usage. The examples in this report demonstrate that, historically, even when a resolution of inquiry is reported adversely from a committee and tabled on the floor, it has frequently led to the release of a substantial amount of information from the Administration.
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The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the House Floor: An Introduction

Date: November 26, 2008
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report is an introductory and selective explanation of the rules, procedures, and practices by which the House of Representatives considers public bills and resolutions on the floor. After discussions of the nature of House rules, the differences between the House and the Committee of the Whole, and limitations on debate, the report describes five different ways in which the House may consider, perhaps debate and amend, and then vote on whether to pass legislation. The report also discusses the House's calendars and its order of business, the special rules reported by the Rules Committee, House consideration of Senate amendments and conference reports, and the rules and constitutional requirements affecting voting and quorum procedures.
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Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2009

Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2009

Date: October 29, 2009
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses resolution of inquiry, which is a measure that formally calls on the executive branch to provide specified factual information to Congress.
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Amendments on the House Floor: Summary of Major Restrictions

Amendments on the House Floor: Summary of Major Restrictions

Date: September 23, 2013
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report discusses the opportunities for Representatives to offer floor amendments to a bill or resolution procedures by which the House considers the measure.
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Automatic Continuing Resolutions: Background and Overview of Recent Proposals

Automatic Continuing Resolutions: Background and Overview of Recent Proposals

Date: October 2, 2013
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report begins by providing background on the historic frequency of federal funding gaps. Next, four major features of automatic continuing resolution(ACR) proposals since the 1980s -- time frame, funding level, activities, and duration -- are explained. This is followed by a summary of the major arguments for and against the enactment of an ACR. Finally, the last three sections of the report review congressional action that has taken place on ACR proposals, describe ACR proposals that have been introduced but not enacted during the 112th and 113th Congresses, and provide brief analysis of H.R. 3210.
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"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

Date: March 7, 2001
Creator: Rundquist, Paul S
Description: One or both houses of Congress may formally express opinions about subjects of current national interest through freestanding simple or concurrent resolutions (called generically "sense of the House," "sense of the Senate," or "sense of the Congress" resolutions). These opinions may also be added to pending legislative measures by amendments expressing the views of one or both chambers. This fact sheet identifies the various forms such expressions may take and the procedures governing such actions.
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"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

"Sense of" Resolutions and Provisions

Date: July 16, 2003
Creator: Rundquist, Paul S
Description: One or both houses of Congress may formally express opinions about subjects of current national interest through freestanding simple or concurrent resolutions (called generically “sense of the House,” “sense of the Senate,” or “sense of the Congress” resolutions). These opinions may also be added to pending legislative measures by amendments expressing the views of one or both chambers. This fact sheet identifies the various forms such expressions may take and the procedures governing such actions.
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Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2011

Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2011

Date: May 15, 2012
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: A resolution of inquiry is a simple resolution making a direct request or demand of the President or the head of an executive department to furnish the House with specific factual information in the Administration's possession. Under the rules and precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives, such resolutions, if properly drafted, are given a privileged parliamentary status. This means that, under certain circumstances, a resolution of inquiry can be brought up on the House floor even if the committee to which it was referred has not reported it and the majority party leadership has not scheduled it for consideration. This report discusses the background, purpose, and efficiency of these inquiries.
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Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2011

Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2011

Date: March 16, 2011
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report examines the use of resolutions of inquiry in the House of Representatives from 1947 to 2011. A resolution of inquiry is a measure that formally calls on the executive branch to provide specified factual information to Congress.
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"Fast Track" Parliamentary Procedures of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

"Fast Track" Parliamentary Procedures of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

Date: November 14, 2008
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (Division A of H.R. 1424, P.L. 110-343) empowers the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase certain "troubled assets" as a means to stabilize the economy. This report examines this procedure and explains how it differs from the regular parliamentary mechanisms of the House and Senate.
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House Resolutions of Inquiry

House Resolutions of Inquiry

Date: May 12, 2003
Creator: Fisher, Louis
Description: The resolution of inquiry is a House procedure that seeks factual information from the executive branch. The resolution is privileged and may be considered at any time after it is properly reported or discharged from committee. It applies only to requests for facts––not opinions––within the Administration’s control. This report explains the history, procedure, specific uses of resolutions of inquiry, and identifies the use thus far in the 108th Congress (H.Res. 68).
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Bills and Resolutions: Examples of How Each Kind Is Used

Bills and Resolutions: Examples of How Each Kind Is Used

Date: December 7, 2004
Creator: Beth, Richard S.
Description: This report briefly describes the process by which Congress seeks to pass a law. During this process Congress uses a bill or joint resolution, which must be passed by both houses in identical form, that is then presented to the President for his approval or disapproval.
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How Special Rules Regulate Calling up Measures for Consideration in the House

How Special Rules Regulate Calling up Measures for Consideration in the House

Date: December 5, 2005
Creator: Beth, Richard S.
Description: This fact sheet describes how a special rule -- a House resolution that regulates consideration of a specific legislative measure named in the resolution -- may set terms for consideration by Representatives. It includes information about the system of privilege, forms of consideration, and how the rules are used to manage the agenda.
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Introducing a Senate Bill or Resolution

Introducing a Senate Bill or Resolution

Date: November 20, 2012
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides an overview of the most common considerations that may be taken into account when preparing the initial draft for a Senate bill or resolution.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Amendments on the House Floor: Summary of Major Restrictions

Amendments on the House Floor: Summary of Major Restrictions

Date: August 22, 2003
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: This report discusses the opportunities for Representatives to offer floor amendments to a bill or resolution procedures by which the House considers the measure.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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