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From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

By Request

Car squashed by a wingèd bomb, by Edward Simpson
Car squashed by a wingèd bomb, by Edward Simpson

House (House Rule XII – Receipt and Referral of Measures) and Senate rules permit a member to introduce a measure at the request of the president, an executive agency, or a private individual although that member may be opposed to the legislation. The courtesy to introduce legislation on behalf of someone is granted because neither the president nor any person other than a member can introduce legislation. In such a case, “by request” appears on the measure following the name of the sponsor. As House Rule XII states, “When a bill or resolution is introduced ‘by request,’ those words shall be entered on the Journal and printed in the Congressional Record.” Drafts of proposed legislation from the President or an executive agency are usually introduced by the chairman of the committee of jurisdiction, who may be of the opposition party.

Also see Introduction and Referral of Bills







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