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1. a meeting or conference, esp of representatives of a number of sovereign states
2. a national legislative assembly


1. the bicameral federal legislature of the US, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate
2. this body during any two-year term
3. (in India) a major political party, which controlled the Union government from 1947 to 1977



(1) A meeting of the leaders or representatives of countries, territories, or organizations. A congress is also a type of international conference (for example, the Congress of Vienna of 1814–15; the World Peace Congresses; the World Congress for Peace, National Independence, and General Disarmament of 1965; and various scientific congresses).

(2) In some countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico, and the Philippines, the name of the legislative body or of one of its houses. In the United States the Congress is the highest legislative body; it consists of two houses—the House of Representatives (435 representatives; elected every two years) and the Senate (100 senators, two from each state, elected for a six-year term, with one-third of the members elected every two years). In France the congress is the joint session of both houses of parliament.

(3) The name of some national organizations in a number of countries (for example, the Indian National Congress Party in India).



a meeting of representatives (delegates) of any of various organizations or groups, or of those active in a particular field of endeavor (see, , and ). In several organizations, the congress is the highest body.

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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 Wilderness Society inventory shows that 934,600 acres of the remaining ancient forest are permanently protected in congressionally designated wilderness, special areas, and Research Natural Areas (RNAs); an additional 1,088,500 acres would be protected if the HCAs were adopted.
The congressionally mandated cap of 65,000 foreign employees was met in record time for FY 2007 in which the final receipt date was May 26, 2006 -- less than two months after the numbers were initially released.
Section 830 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 directed GAO to compare procedures used for awarding noncompetitive defense contracts for new projects pursuant to (1) congressionally directed spending items or congressional earmarks and (2) the special interests of senior executive branch officials.
Gallegly said he called Hagman several months ago to ask whether any new information was available or whether there were any new leads he could pursue congressionally to thwart the tower, but never received a reply.
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.
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