Saturday, February 17, 2007
Resolutions vs. Bills
Here is an explanation of the difference between resolutions and bills. There are three types of resolutions, one of which serves the same basic purpose of a bill as far as actually having the "force of law." The current nonbinding resolution, that was just passed in the House, is a concurrent resolution, which "must be passed in the same form by both houses, but [it does] not require the signature of the president and [does] not have the force of law." The resolution failed to pass in the Senate today. Needing 60 votes to "pass," the vote was 56-34.