Legislative Glossary

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) (CongressionalGlossary.com)

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms   Congressional Review Act: A new idea to eliminate Obama’s agency regulations   The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is an oversight tool that Congress may use to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency, in some cases, rules issued in a previous session of […]

Regular Appropriations / Supplemental Appropriations / Continuing Resolutions (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Regular Appropriations / Supplemental Appropriations / Continuing Resolutions (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Regular Appropriations / Supplemental Appropriations / Continuing Resolutions There are three types of appropriations bills considered by the Congress. Regular appropriations bills provide funding to agencies for the next fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. Supplemental appropriations bills provide additional funding […]

Office of Personnel Management / Other People’s Money / OPM (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Office of Personnel Management / Other People’s Money / OPM (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Office of Personnel Management / Other People’s Money / OPM The core mission of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): “serves the public by providing human resource management leadership and high-quality services that protect and strengthen the merit system of government in partnership with other […]

Official Objectors / Passed Over Without Prejudice (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Official Objectors / Passed Over Without Prejudice (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Official Objectors / Passed Over Without Prejudice Pass Over Without Prejudice: A request in the House to defer action on a measure called up from the Private Calendar without affecting the measure’s position on the calendar. Each party often appoints official objectors to review bills […]

Optics (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Optics (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Optics A “term of art for how a bit of news will be perceived by the public at large, which is only used by people who bill by the hour.” — Troy Senik “The branch of physics which involves the behavior and properties of light, […]

Super PAC / Independent Expenditure-Only Committee (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Super PAC / Independent Expenditure-Only Committee (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Super PAC / Independent Expenditure-Only Committee   PACS and Super PACs   “Super PAC” is the colloquial term for “Independent Expenditure-Only Committee”. Independent expenditures represent spending by individuals, groups, political committees, corporations or unions expressly advocating the election or defeat of clearly identified federal candidates. […]

Unemployment Rate / Employment-Population Ratio  (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Unemployment Rate / Employment-Population Ratio (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Unemployment Rate / Employment-Population Ratio   Unemployment and the Unemployment Rate   As defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of people who do not have jobs but have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks and are currently available […]

Adoption / Adopted / Agreed To (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Adoption / Adopted / Agreed To (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Adoption / Adopted / Agreed To     U.S. HOUSE RESOLUTION PRESSES TURKEY TO RETURN STOLEN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES     Adoption / Adopted: Usual parliamentary term for approval of conference report. Under House Rule XI – Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business, “Each standing committee […]

Official Title / Short Title / Popular Title / Popular Name (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Official Title / Short Title / Popular Title / Popular Name (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Official Title / Short Title / Popular Title / Popular Name Nat King Cole — Mona Lisa Official Title: Statement of a measure’s subject and purpose, which appears before the enacting clause. Popular Title: The informal, unofficial name or the short title by which a […]

Committee Report (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Committee Report (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Committee Report Committee Report: Document accompanying measure reported from a committee, containing an explanation of the provisions of the measure, arguments for its approval, and certain other matters. A committee report is both an advocacy document and an explanatory document, and contains a range of […]