Rider (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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An amendment, usually not germane, that its sponsor hopes to get through more easily by including it in other legislation. Riders become law if the bills embodying them are enacted. Amendments providing legislative directives in appropriations bills are outstanding examples of riders, though technically legislation is banned from appropriations bills. The House, unlike the Senate, has a strict germaneness rule; thus, riders usually are Senate devices to get legislation enacted quickly or to bypass lengthy House consideration, and possibly opposition.

Term for an amendment unrelated to the subject matter of the measure to which it was attached. Usually associated with policy provisions attached to appropriations measures.

Also see “Christmas Tree” Bill; Germane / Germaneness; § 6.122, Basic House Amendment Tree, and § 6.220, Senate Amendment Procedure, in Congressional Deskbook.



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