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joint resolution

noun
1.
a resolution adopted by both branches of a bicameral legislative assembly and requiring the signature of the chief executive to become law.
Origin of joint resolution
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • Then, they tell us, the Legislature can do so by a joint resolution.

  • It was only on the 1st of March, 1845, that Congress passed a joint resolution for the annexation.

    Peace with Mexico

    Albert Gallatin
  • What is the difference between an act and a joint resolution?

    Government in the United States

    James Wilford Garner
  • The President then signed both the bill and the joint resolution.

  • I will here read that clause in the joint resolution for the annexation of Texas.

    Presidential Candidates: D. W. Bartlett
  • With its authority he moved a joint resolution recognizing the new government of Louisiana.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • Although Congress adopted the joint resolution recommended by the President, the "border States" would not accept the plan.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • In the House, a joint resolution which Davis submitted was passed without one dissenting vote.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • The joint resolution, changed into a form embodying the present Fourteenth Amendment, was passed on June 13, 1866.

British Dictionary definitions for joint resolution

joint resolution

noun
1.
(US) a resolution passed by both houses of a bicameral legislature, signed by the chief executive and legally binding
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joint resolution in Culture

joint resolution definition


A measure approved by both houses of the United States Congress and signed by the president. Similar to an act of Congress, the joint resolution is used to approve or initiate foreign policy actions, to grant a single appropriations proposal, and to propose amendments to the Constitution.

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