Enacting Clause (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Enacting Clause

Re-Enacting the Dominoe Story, by Alan Levine

Re-Enacting the Dominoe Story, by Alan Levine

Key phrase in bills beginning “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives . . .” A successful motion to strike it from legislation kills the measure.

1 USC § 101 specifies:

The enacting clause of all Acts of Congress shall be in the following form: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled.”

Also see § 9.60, Versions of Legislation, in Congressional Deskbook; § 5.23, Enacting Clause, in Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook.

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