“Christmas Tree” Bill (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

“Christmas Tree” Bill

christmas tree, by Aleksandar Cocek
christmas tree, by Aleksandar Cocek

“Christmas Tree” Bill: Informal nomenclature / jargon for a bill containing many riders / amendments unrelated, i.e, nongermane, to the bill’s subjects; usually refers to Senate measures. A bill on the Senate floor that attracts many, often unrelated, floor amendments. The amendments that adorn the bill may provide special benefits to various groups or interests, which may make the adorned bill easier to pass.

Also see


2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony







The Federal Budget Process 2E

The Federal Budget Process 2E

Pocket Constitution

Pocket Constitution

Citizen's Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials

Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates

Congressional Procedure

Congressional Procedure


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