Pigeon Hole

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  • A political tactic that causes proposed bills to be stalled, or killed, by committee members. Committee members achieve this result through placing the bill at the bottom of their committee's agenda or simply refusing to vote or debate on it. Pigeonholing is one of the many forms of power that committee members wield. A bill becomes pigeonholed after it is drafted and introduced to the appropriate House and sent to a committee for review by the Speaker of the House. The term is also used in British politics and has the same meaning in reference to Committees of Parliament.

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