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 […]

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Rise”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Rise”

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. 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 […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Amendment Tree”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Amendment Tree”

Amendment Tree: Diagram showing the number and types of amendments to a measure permitted by the chamber. It also shows the relationship among the amendments, their degree or type, and the order in which they may be offered and the order in which they are voted on. Also see Amendment Tree / Filling the Tree […]

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”

Substitute Amendment: Amendment that replaces the entire text of a pending amendment. 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 in […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Stage of Disagreement”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Stage of Disagreement”

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. Publications Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: Citizen Advocacy in State Legislatures and […]

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

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

Table/Lay on the Table: Prevents further consideration of a measure, amendment, or motion, thus killing it. 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 […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Voice Vote”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Voice Vote”

Voice Vote: A method of voting where members who support a question call out “aye” in unison, after which those opposed answer “no” in unison. The chair decides which position prevails. Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Surplus”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Surplus”

Surplus: Excess of revenues over outlays. 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 in State Legislatures and Congress: A Guide […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Recede and Concur with an Amendment”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Recede and Concur with an Amendment”

Recede and Concur with an Amendment: Motion to withdraw from a position and agree with the other chamber’s position, but with a further amendment. 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: […]

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