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concurrent-resolution

Concurrent resolution

In the United States, a concurrent resolution is a legislative measure passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Passed by both houses, concurrent resolutions are not presented to the President and do not have the force of law. In contrast, a joint resolution or a bill is presented to the President and, once signed or approved over a veto, does have the power of law.

Concurrent resolutions are generally used to address the sentiments of both chambers or deal with issues or matters affecting both houses. Examples of concurrent resolutions include

Sometimes, before the Supreme Court's Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha decision ended the practice, concurrent resolutions were used to override executive actions via a mechanism known as the legislative veto.

Concurrent resolutions are distinguished by bill number. Concurrent resolutions originating in the Senate are abbreviated "S.Con.Res." and those originating in the House are abbreviated "H.Con.Res."

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