Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cats and Dogs

Have you all taken a look at Taegan Goddard's Political Dictionary yet?  It's good stuff.  Here's one I didn't know:
 

Cats and dogs are are leftover “stray” bills on minor subjects saved for days when the House or Senate have light floor schedules.
As I said, I did not know that.  I guess I wish that he'd include a bit more -- a citation, or the history of the term, or both.  Still, I'm one up on where I was before I looked at it, so I have nothing to complain about.  Excellent new resource.

1 comment:

  1. Jonathan:

    "Cats and dogs" can also refer to minor differences that needed to be compromised in committee or conference, or to trivial spending amounts in appropriations bills, or both. Examples:

    1) How close are we with the Senate on the bill? Two big issues, and them some cats and dogs to take care of.

    2) We were 8 billion apart yesterday, where do we stand now? We cleared up all the major stuff, just some cats and dogs in DHS to settle.

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