“Must Pass” Bill
A vitally important measure that Congress must enact, such as annual money bills to fund operations of the government. Because of their must-pass quality, these measures often attract “riders” (unrelated policy provisos).
Members of the House and Senate announced on Monday that they have decided to strip a provision from the final version of a must-pass defense policy bill that reinstates stiff penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE.
“Congress won’t reinstate stiff penalties on Chinese telecom giant ZTE,” by Aris Folley, The Hill, July 24, 2018
- Bills / Measure / Passed (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Rider (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- § 6.122, Basic House Amendment Tree, and § 6.220, Senate Amendment Procedure, in Congressional Deskbook
- “Continuity of Congress: Enacted and Proposed Federal Statutes for Expedited Election to the House in Extraordinary Circumstances,” CRS Report RL32958 (16-page PDF)
- “Points of Order Limiting the Contents of Reconciliation Legislation: In Brief,” CRS Report R43885 (7-page PDF)
- “Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act,” CRS Report R45013 (52-page PDF)
- “Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues,” CRS Report R44923 (26-page PDF)
- “Select Acquisition Reform Provisions in the House and Senate Versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act,” CRS Report R44920 (14-page PDF)
- “Defense Procurement: Full Funding Policy — Background, Issues, and Options for Congress,” CRS Report RL31404 (78-page PDF)
Funding the Government: The Budget Process and Omnibus Spending Bills
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Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates
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