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United States. 2024 National Inventory Document (NID)


This document outlines a set of guidelines for net-zero financing and investment within the United States, produced by the US Department of the Treasury. The principles aim to guide financial institutions by highlighting the importance and value of financial institutions’ net-zero commitments; promoting consistency and credibility in financial institutions’ approaches to t...


ABU - Views on Elements for the Consideration of Outputs of the Global Stocktake, Submission to the Global Stocktake from Brazil, ABU in 2023

Legislative Process

The United States has a bicameral legislature or Congress composed of the Senate (100 seats; 6-year term, with one third of membership renewed every 2 years) and the House of Representatives (435 seats, 2-year term). The last election for both House of Representatives and Senate was held in November 2016. The next election is expected in 2018.

Bills may be introduced by a member of either chamber. Typically, the first stage in the approval of a bill involves consideration by a committee. If approved (reported) by the committee, the bill reaches the floor of the chamber. Once a bill is approved by one chamber, it is sent to the other, which may pass, reject or amend it. In order for a proposed bill to become law, both chambers must agree on identical versions of the bill and the President must sign it. If the President vetoes a bill, the veto can be overturned if a two-thirds majority of both chambers vote to do so.