In American Politics, a term used to describe a piece of legislation which requires certain action or committments from state or local governments, without giving any money to do so. In the United States House of Representatives, a representative may install a point of order against such actions, followed by 20 minutes of debate. The term has a negative connotation and is a favourite of politicans during campaign season, as it makes the concerns and interests of Washington, D.C. distant from those of average Americans, while making them seem like Washington outsiders, with a finger on the pulse of the needs of the people.

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