joint resolution


Definition of joint resolution 

: a resolution passed by both houses of a legislative body that has the force of law when signed by or passed over the veto of the executive

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So that proposal from Congress in 1972 is dead and that any further effort to pass an Equal Rights Amendment has to go back to square one with the introduction of a joint resolution in Congress. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Constitutional podcast finale: ‘Ourselves and our posterity’," 12 Feb. 2018 The city council unanimously approved a joint resolution last month authorizing city staff to develop a plan that includes paying $500,000 for the costs for the crossover switch near the city’s recycling center. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest weighs funding for Metra project that would increase service at west-side station," 10 July 2018 Font Size50% Text Edge StyleNone Font FamilyProportional Sans-Serif In 1997 Congress issued a joint resolution commemorating June 19, 1865 as the day on which slavery finally came to an end in the United States. Gina Martinez, Time, "Read President Trump's Statement on Juneteenth, Celebrating the Official End of Slavery in Texas," 19 June 2018 Every four years, members would have the opportunity to introduce a joint resolution to end or modify the authorization, and to force a vote on it. Elizabeth Goitein, Fortune, "Congress Is About to Decide Whether to Give Trump More or Less Power to Expand Wars," 4 June 2018 The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. The day traces its roots to 1952, when it was created by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Leada Gore,, "National Day of Prayer 2018: Call for unity highlights events; livestream, how to watch," 3 May 2018 Ball and Sellers reached a joint resolution on her request for legal protection from Ball on Nov. 9. Safid Deen,, "FSU offensive lineman Josh Ball reportedly suspended by school for dating violence case," 22 May 2018 Tennessee lawmakers also passed a joint resolution hailing Shaw's courageous actions. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "The hero who stopped the Waffle House shooting has raised more than $230,000 for its victims' families," 8 May 2018 On April 17, 1952, a joint resolution from Congress was signed by President Harry Truman proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "‘Call to prayer’ invoked by area pastors at annual rally," 5 May 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of joint resolution 

: a resolution passed by both houses of a legislative body that has the force of law when signed by or passed over the veto of the executive — compare concurrent resolution

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