When we recently checked in on some of the more interesting bill names circulating around Congress, particularly on the immigration front, we kicked up some discussion about acronyms.
First, we should note that the Senate this week may take up what’s known in conversations around the Capitol as “THUD.”
Technically, it’s the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. But THUD will do. Usually, as we’ve noted, bill names are crafted to help sell the merits of a piece of legislation.
But THUD? As in the onomatopoeic “landed with a”? It also sounds suspiciously like “dud.” Perhaps that’s why its prospects are murky.
In the category of most-tortured acronym among recent bills, a Loop fan nominated the MOBILE Resolution, which stands for Members Operating to Be Innovative and Link Everyone.
The measure, introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from Silicon Valley, would allow members of Congress to cast votes remotely. (Our reader quibbles that the bill doesn’t really “Link Everyone,” just lawmakers.)
Talk about a thud.
And yet another Loop fan, a former congressional aide, recalled that immigration bills of yore also bore some names that formed incredibly tortured acronyms.
They included Rep. Tom Tancredo’s REAL GUEST Act of 2005 (“a complicated acronym... and bill,” the former aide remembers). It’s mouthful of a full name: Rewarding Employers that Abide by the Law and Guaranteeing Uniform Enforcement to Stop Terrorism Act.
And we can only imagine the amount of staff hours that went into coming up with the title for the OVERDUE Immigration Reform Act of 2007, aka the Optimizing Visa Entry Rules and Demanding Uniform Enforcement Immigration Reform Act of 2007.
Forget Senate bean — it seems alphabet soup is always on Congress’ menu.