Christmas tree bill


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Christmas tree bill

In the US Congress, a minor bill that attracts many additional (and often unrelated) amendments attached to it, thus likened to ornaments hung upon a Christmas tree. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. If one really wants to see how corporate interests pervade the political process, one must simply examine the numerous amendments of the so-called Christmas tree bills that crop up each year.
See also: bill, Christmas, tree
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Beyond that, the Bush administration's proposal reads more like one of those pork-laden Christmas tree bills of which Congress is so often fond.
Unlike Christmas tree bills, omnibus bills retain their focus on an issue such as education, but, instead of taking a piecemeal approach, they address the whole system, including such items as funding, level of expectations for students, discipline, licensure, and governance.
This would prevent legislators from slipping open records or meetings changes into the so-called Christmas tree bills rushed into law at the end of legislative sessions.