Hopper (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Hopper

The hopper in the House, from the Clerk of the House

The hopper in the House, from the Clerk of the House

Box attached to the House clerk’s desk where members place bills and resolutions to introduce them. Also called “bill hopper.” The term derives from a funnel-shaped storage bin filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often used to house grain or coal. Bills are retrieved from the hopper and referred to committees with the appropriate jurisdiction.

Also see Chapter 11. Legislative Research: Viewing and Visiting Congress, in Congressional Deskbook; “Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress,” CRS Report R42843 (10-page PDFPDF).
 
 

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