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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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sexual congress

Sexual intercourse, especially between a man and a woman. 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.
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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.
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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, in order to avoid requesting insufficient space for courtrooms based on the AnyCourt model's identification of courtroom space needs, establish a process, in cooperation with the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.
Legal services would also be excluded from the regulatory rule-making process by the Congressionally approved legislation.
The extra square footage consists of space that was constructed (1) above the congressionally authorized size, (2) due to overestimating the number of judges the courthouses would have, and (3) without planning for courtroom sharing among judges.
Rumsfeld also headed up another congressionally mandated group--a space commission.
The IRS currently needs a long time to process information returns, so it is not likely that, under a tax reconciliation system in which the IRS would have to do even more return processing, taxpayers would receive their federal returns by the congressionally mandated April 15 deadline.
The National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA) sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDlC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) seeking to overturn new rules recently adopted by all three banks and thrift regulatory agencies that exempt millions of real estate transactions from congressionally mandated appraisal requirements.
While "the magnitude of environmental destruction has been tragic," things could have been much worse, according to the 68-page, congressionally commissioned report, released Oct.
It is part of the congressionally mandated FDIC review of all written policies under the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994.
The former POWs had responded to a congressionally mandated invitation from the Veterans Administration to receive a free medical checkup.
As a group, they incurred a $402 million loss during the period, largely because of the absence of congressionally approved funds to resolve them.
Hunter, director of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Research (which ultimatley doles out congressionally appropriated fusion funds), also argued that scientists should improve their understanding of the underlying physics before Congress commits more resources to the CIT project or shunts funds away from other fusion projects such as laser-based inertial confinement research, much of which is classified.
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