act of Congress


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act of Congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. It's like you have to have an act of Congress before the city council will pay to fix the roads in this town. Trying to get my doctor on the phone is like an act of Congress!
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References in classic literature ?
In conformity with the Act of Congress of the United States entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times herein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled, "an Act, supplementary to an Act, for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times herein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints." JAMES DILL, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York
It was forbidden by act of Congress -- here I had not the slightest intention of telling a lie.
The legislation passed this week would amend the American Legions charter, which requires an act of Congress, to honor those whose service fell in gaps between established war eras and allow the organization to establish its own membership criteria.
By tradition, enshrined by an act of Congress, the day is meant to be a day of reflection and of honoring the memories of our war dead.
Perhaps one of the few libraries of the world, which came through an act of Congress. The library has had its highs and lows during two hundred years of American history tainted by wars, fire, political violence, legislative debacles, etc.
The new law also updates the selection process of the Nat'l FFA Board of Directors and grants additional power to the Nat'l FFA Delegates to make important organizational changes as needed without requiring an act of Congress.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress and marked on the last Monday of May.
It would take an act of Congress to repeal the measure, but attempts by Republican leaders to do so last year were unsuccessful.
'This act of Congress alone sends a strong and unequivocal signal about its commitment not only to fight illegal drugs but also to reintegrate former drug users and make them productive members of society,' the House majority floor leader said.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) is a part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, created by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Herbert Hoover on July 22, 1932, to provide capital for mortgage funding during the Great Depression.The System has 11 banks around the United States, and serves as an affordable, flexible source of funding for some 7,400 financial institutions.
Despite claims of Capitol Hill Democratic legislators that the FCC already has the power to demand the identities of people funding political advertising, the Commission has no plans to go there short of an act of Congress.
But the environmental group Tualatin Riverkeepers maintains that the proposed quarry's proximity to the federally designated wildlife refuge amounts to far more than a mere administrative inconvenience for the developers, as the company wants to drain wetlands on a resource that took an act of Congress to create.
"Proposed increase in compensation for public sector workers including public school teachers would require an act of Congress. The Executive and Legislative branches are working together in addressing this vital matter," Coloma said.
Rose Richeson, Air Force spokeswoman, said the oath cannot be changed without an act of Congress. According to Richeson, the oath requirement was changed in October 2013.