Question: What does it take exactly to determine a judgement of proceedings and votes by either house to require secrecy?
Why, context, etc.
- As per Article I, Section 5, Clause 3 does this mean only on fifth of either housed determines which proceeding take place in secrecy or is there more to this than that (see supporting resources below).
- I read over an excellent answer recently added to the Why are congressional votes not secret? and it was stated about this article and clause and said for example "the House passed an amendment to FOIA in 2016 by a voice vote, with no record of individual votes being made" so it seems this is technically and legally possible just not the "normal".
- With the recent incitement of insurrection by POTUS Donald Trump and some Republicans voting to impeach it's also been reported "many more GOP members who "want to vote to impeach but they legitimately fear for their lives and their families’ live""—this seems like a legitimate reason Senate could vote in secrecy for this same fear on the impeachment.
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.