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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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it would take an act of Congress to (do something)

Something is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Oh please, it would take an act of Congress to get the city council to pay to fix the roads in this town. I didn't even bother calling my doctor because I know it would take an act of Congress to get him on the phone.
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sexual congress

Sexual intercourse. As there was no hard evidence that sexual congress occurred outside of marriage, the judge was obliged to uphold the prenuptial agreement during the divorce proceedings.
See also: congress, sexual
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

It would take an act of Congress to do something.

It is almost impossible to do something. It would take an act of Congress to get Bill to wear a necktie. She's a sour woman. It would take an act of Congress to get her to put a smile on her face.
See also: act, congress, of, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Without these seller-financed loans, FHA's capital ratio would be above the congressionally mandated 2 percent threshold."
Recommendation: In order to improve the planning and oversight for future courthouse construction projects, to increase the efficiency of courtroom usage through courtroom sharing, and to ensure that future courthouses are built within the congressionally authorized gross square footage, the Administrator of GSA should establish sufficient internal control activities to ensure that regional GSA officials understand and follow GSA's space measurement policies throughout the planning and construction of courthouses.
The National League of Cities has pledged its support for the Congressionally mandated Citizens' Health Care Working Group.
either pays or augments training costs with congressionally appropriated funds to support operations such as counter narcotics and counter terrorism.
Fannie Mae, the Congressionally chartered private company that works with lenders to back mortgages for low- and moderate-income Americans, is the prime mover of "green" mortgages through its EEM program.
The Washington Post, citing "officials," revealed details about a previously secret and congressionally unpopular $9.5 billion spy satellite program, prompting the National Reconnaissance Office (which oversees defense satellites) to call for a Justice Department investigation into the leak.
The commission's recommendations for congressionally mandated activities include minting a bicentennial penny, issuing a Lincoln postage stamp, convening a joint session of Congress, hosting a major celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, and acquiring artifacts associated with Lincoln for preservation.
"The real concern here is that the change will have a significant trickle-down effect because many states and colleges use the federal formula when awarding need-based aid," said Brian Fitzgerald, formerly of the Congressionally appointed Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid.
residents, while at the same time provide enormous Congressionally authorized federal tax benefits for our clients."
NPDF is a congressionally recognized, not-for-profit organization that provides support services to the national law enforcement community.
Never before in legislative history, however, has Washington's pork barrel budget been so large that it virtually eliminates competition for congressionally enacted grants and loans.
* Adjustments to that income for purposes of computing AMTI are permitted only to the extent they are congressionally prescribed.
With core competencies in business management, systems integration, training, and logistics, the team partnered with the Transportation Security Administration to successfully train and field more than 50,000 passenger screeners by the congressionally mandated deadline.
Although Church concluded that the congressionally imposed boycott "had a profound impact on internal conditions and contributed to the fall of Idi Amin," it is hard to attribute Amin's fall solely to the sanctions.
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