At present, the president may defer funds only for limited reasons set forth in the Antideficiency Act: to provide for contingencies, or to achieve savings made possible through changes in requirements or efficiency of operations. The president may not defer funds for policy rescissions. (See also Rescission.)
Dilatory Motion or Tactic
Discharge a Committee
In the House, if a committee does not report a bill within 30 days after the measure is referred to it, any member may file a discharge motion. Once offered, the motion is treated as a petition needing the signatures of 218 members (a majority of the House.) After the required signatures have been obtained, there is a delay of seven days. Thereafter, on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except during the last six days of a session, any member may enter a motion to discharge the committee. The motion is handled like any other discharge petition in the House.
Occasionally, to expedite non-controversial legislative business, a committee is discharged by unanimous consent of the House, and a petition is not required. (Senate Procedure, see Discharge Resolution.)
Discretionary Spending Limits
Division of a Question for Voting
Engrossed Bill/Engrossed Measure
(2) A Senate meeting devoted to the consideration of treaties and nominations.
Function (Functional Classification)