Executive Branch

Executive Order (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Executive Order (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Executive Order Executive orders are unilateral orders issued by the president, without congressional approval. They are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the president manages the operations of the federal government. Presidential executive orders and proclamations are available through the National Archives web site and […]

Baseline / Baseline Budgeting / Scorekeeping (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Baseline / Baseline Budgeting / Scorekeeping (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Baseline / Baseline Budgeting / Scorekeeping   Dan Mitchell Discussing Dishonest Budget Numbers with John Stossel   Baseline: Projection of future revenues, budget authority, outlays, and other budget amounts under assumed economic conditions and participation rates without a change in current policy. The Congressional Budget […]

Contempt of Congress / Resolution of Inquiry (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Contempt of Congress / Resolution of Inquiry (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Contempt of Congress   Issa Lays Out Contempt of Congress Charges for Eric Holder Regarding Fast and Furious(ATF gunwalking scandal, aka Fast and Furious)   Contempt of Congress 1: The power of Congress to punish for contempt is inextricably related to the power of Congress […]

President of the United States / State of the Union (CongressionalGlossary.com)

President of the United States / State of the Union (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms President of the United States / State of the Union  

Executive Branch (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Executive Branch (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Executive Branch The president is the head of the executive branch of the government, which includes many departments and agencies. The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of […]

Executive Privilege / Qualified Privilege (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Executive Privilege / Qualified Privilege (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Executive Privilege / Qualified Privilege The phrase “executive privilege” is a shorthand reference to the “qualified privilege” of the executive to decline to respond to a request for information–documents or testimony or both–from either of the other two branches of the federal government. A unanimous […]

Pennsylvania Avenue (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Pennsylvania Avenue (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Pennsylvania Avenue Pennsylvania Avenue (NW) is a street in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital city. The Capitol sits at the eastern end of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and the White House is located a little more than a mile to the northwest of the Capitol, at […]

Presidential Succession (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Presidential Succession (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Presidential Succession   President Gerald Ford – Remarks on Taking the Oath of Office, August 9, 1974   Under Article II and the Twelfth, Twentieth, and Twenty-fifth Amendments to the Constitution, Congress has critical roles to play in the selection of the president and vice […]

Impeach / Impeachment (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Impeach / Impeachment (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Impeach / Impeachment The House has sole power to impeach (Article. I. Section. 2.), and the Senate has sole power to try an impeachment (Article. I. Section. 3.). Senate deliberations during impeachment trials may be held in secret session. Also see Secret Session; § 8.100 […]

Precedents of the House of Representatives / Cannon’s / Deschler’s / Hinds’ / House Practice (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Precedents of the House of Representatives / Cannon’s / Deschler’s / Hinds’ / House Practice (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Precedents of the House of Representatives / Cannon’s / Deschler’s / Hinds’ / House Practice Each chamber of Congress follows laws, rules, precedents, and practices that apply in its chamber. Each chamber is very different. The strategies that work in the House, a majoritarian institution, […]