Tips and Terms

How do I get an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol?

How do I get an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol?

Visiting Washington, DC FAQs     (From our “What’s the deal with…?” page that answers questions commonly asked by visitors to Washington, DC. Below, we explain how to order your flag and provide links to directories at the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. We do not sell flags, and we can not […]

Discretionary  / Discretionary Spending (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Discretionary / Discretionary Spending (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Discretionary usually modifies “spending,” “appropriation,” or “amount.” Discretionary spending refers to outlays from budget authority that is provided in and controlled by annual appropriation acts. Discretionary appropriation refers to those budgetary resources that are provided in appropriation acts, other than those that fund mandatory programs. […]

Rise / Rise and Report (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Rise / Rise and Report (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Rise: In order only in the Committee of the Whole during the amendment stage, it has the effect of terminating or suspending debate on the pending matter. Rise and Report: Term to refer to the culmination of proceedings in the Committee of the Whole. The […]

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Amendment Tree”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Amendment Tree”

See Amendment Tree / Filling the Tree (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals […]

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “En Bloc Amendment”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “En Bloc Amendment”

En Bloc Amendment: Several amendments offered as a group after obtaining unanimous consent. Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations Advanced Legislative Procedure Publications Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: Citizen Advocacy […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Substitute Amendment”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Substitute Amendment”

See Amendment Tree / Filling the Tree (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals […]

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Stage of Disagreement (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Stage of Disagreement (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Stage of Disagreement: Stage at which one chamber formally disagrees with an amendment proposed by the other chamber and insists on its own amendment. A measure generally cannot go to conference until this stage is reached.   “Disagreement and Civil Dialogue in American Politics and […]

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Table/Lay on the Table”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Table/Lay on the Table”

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Voice Vote”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Voice Vote”

See Voice Vote (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony and Oral Presentations, a Five-Course series on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking Series, a […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Surplus”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Surplus”

See Budget Deficit / Budget Surplus (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Congressional Operations Poster, with Federal Budget Process Flowchart Federal Budgeting, a Five-Course series on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the […]

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