Congressional Deskbook: “Joint Resolution”

Joint Resolution: Similar to a bill, though limited in scope (for example, to change a minor item in existing law). Becomes law when passed in identical form by both chambers and signed by the president. It also is the form of legislation used to consider a constitutional amendment. A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote in each house but does not require the president’s signature. Designated as H. J. Res. or S. J. Res.


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