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National Emergencies Act: Expedited Procedures in the House and Senate [October 14, 2020]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "The National Emergencies Act of 1976 (NEA) provides Congress with expedited parliamentary procedures for the consideration of a joint resolution terminating a national emergency (referred to here as a 'termination resolution'), and it establishes a six-month congressional review period for ongoing national emergencies. These 'fast track' procedures are intended to limit consideration and allow a simple majority to reach a final vote in each chamber by setting deadlines for action on the measure at each stage of its consideration. However, the NEA is silent on most other aspects of consideration, unlike many more recent statutory procedures that typically include more specific instructions. To date, only six joint resolutions eligible for expedited consideration under the NEA have been submitted to Congress, all of which have been considered under alternative parliamentary mechanisms. Some insight regarding the possible operation of the procedures provided in the statute may be found in precedents established in relation to the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (WPR), after which the NEA's procedures were patterned."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46567
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2020-10-14
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