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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Expedited or “Fast-Track” Legislative Procedures

Christopher M. Davis Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process

Expedited or “fast-track” legislative procedures are special procedures that Congress adopts to promote timely committee and floor action on a specifically defined type of bill or resolution. For example, House and Senate consideration of budget resolutions and reconciliation bills are governed by fast-track procedures. Congress includes expedited procedures in bills that are enacted into law—the Congressional Budget Act, as amended, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—instead of adopting them as part of the standing rules of the House or Senate. However, these procedures have the same force and effect that they would have if they were incorporated in the standing rules of the House or Senate.

Date of Report: March 26, 2013
Number of Pages: 3
Order Number: RS20234
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