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Potential loophole allowing a 2 term president to serve infinite terms [duplicate]

Here is a situation where Congress can give the presidency to a 2 term president even after the states send their electors to Congress for someone else. The House of Representatives chooses the ...
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What if the Supreme Court ruled that they are unimpeachable? [closed]

Would Congress be bound by this allowing them to do whatever they want without any accountability or could Congress just override them and remove them from office?
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What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by the U.S. Congress?

What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by Congress? In some countries, when the Supreme Court makes decision on any matter, it cannot be reversed by any lower ...
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What does the bill status of “Held at the desk” mean?

Earlier this year, the Senate passed S. 1867, the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 by unanimous consent. This appears to be a "Sense of Congress" resolution, and calls for declassification of ...
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Has it already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park?

I would like to know if it has already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues located at the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if there is a future date that has ...
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Would a member of Congress be able to legally cast a vote via Zoom if they were away?

This could be a good defense against coups because Congress could vote on issues even if a violent group took over the Capitol.
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Is it likely that the Founding Fathers would not have created the 2nd Amendment if automatic rifles had been available in 1775? [closed]

I am wondering if it is likely that our nation's founding fathers would not have created the 2nd Amendment if automatic rifles had already been invented by 1775 and that they were being used in mass ...
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Can Congress really raise or suspend the debt ceiling through budget reconciliation with a simple majority in the Senate?

Some background info here The federal debt ceiling has currently been suspended until August 1. If this year so far is any indication, Senate Republicans will do everything possible to use a debt-...
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Are voters in the US generally aware of how and when their congressional representatives are being whipped?

I'm aware that in each house of the US congress there is a majority and minority whip tasked with, as far as I can tell from Wikipedia, voting as they are told rather than how they would choose to ...
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How can Congress end a war over the objections of the President

The Constitution seems to indicate that Congress should control war making, since it has the sole power to declare war. However, as the Commander in Chief, the President is given very broad powers ...
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If the US congress extended the Section 5 preclearance requirement in the Voting Rights act another 25 years in 2006, why might it not apply in 2020?

Wikipedia's Voting Rights Act of 1965; Amendments says: Congress enacted major amendments to the Act in 1970, 1975, 1982, 1992, and 2006. Each amendment coincided with an impending expiration of some ...
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If a Congressional representative is arrested, does their seat become vacant?

There is news about a congressman who is accused of certain very serious crimes. However I have heard that it is legally possible for someone to run for congress from prison even if they are currently ...
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How do Congress members digest 2,000+ page documents? [duplicate]

Today the Senate approved a 2,400-page industrial policy bill aimed at countering China. My question: how do Congress members digest a 2,400-page bill? I would’ve fallen asleep by the 5th page.
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Why is Biden trying to get an omnibus infrastructure bill?

President Biden has been trying to negotiate an infrastructure plan with Senate Republicans for at least a month. He's made some significant concessions, they've increased what they're willing to ...
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How could US Congress' H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021 actually cost Black representation in the South by prohibition of partisan gerrymandering?

The New York Times' Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster includes the following passage: Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, praised Mr. Manchin, saying ...
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Can the president of the Senate (Vice president) introduce a bill?

Regarding United States government, I am under the impression that the president of the Senate is (only?) used as a tie breaker in the event of a tie during a vote, but can they introduce bills like ...
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How many Congressional Democrats support a one-state solution?

I think it’s fair to say that most mainstream Democrats and Republicans favor a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine issue. There are some who have a position to the right of this, namely that ...
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Can I see the expected future actions on a bill?

The Congress.gov site provides with detailed and up-to-date information about bills. However, I fail to find the information about any planned/anticipated actions related to an arbitrary bill, e.g. ...
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Does congress recognize any ethical obligations to avoid influencing sitting juries? [closed]

There is a fundamental tension between U.S. 1st Amendment freedoms of speech and press and the 2nd and 14th Amendment right to due process and trial by an impartial jury. In the U.S., the legal ...
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Is there any publicly available draft of the American Jobs Plan beyond the fact sheet on whitehouse.gov?

The whitehouse released this fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan. However, there are several ambiguities in the plan so I am trying to find a more detailed draft of the plan. The House of Reps has ...
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Which Congressional Democrats have called on Biden to stop Title 42?

A year ago, the Trump Administration invoked an obscure infectious disease provision in Title 42 of the US Code, allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants who show up at ...
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How far does Congressional judicial stripping extend?

Under Article III Section 2 Clause 2, Congress has the power to limit the Supreme Courts power: In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State ...
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What does “bipartisan support” mean in the United States?

Is there a definition of "bipartisan support"? For the Senate in the US, when can you claim a bill was supported/passed by bipartisanship, and when you can't claim thus?
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What would the repercussions be for individual Lawmakers if they had actually been communicating with the 'mob' outside the capitol on January 6?

If on January 6, 2021 Senators or Congress people from within the Capitol building had been communicating with the mob outside, what could be the consequences for these actions? To make matters even ...
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What is the deal with the U.S. Senate's Parliamentarian?

Recently the role of the Senate Parliamentarian has become a focal point in the upcoming 2021 COVID stimulus package. Specifically, the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled against allowing a $15 minimum ...
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Why does Donald Trump wield influence over Republican Congressmen & Senators?

Given that Donald Trump lost the recent Presidential election, why is it that congressmen continue to visit Mar-A-Lago? In what way is Donald Trump a power broker? What is it that congressmen seek ...
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Where do I find when the next congressional hearing about an issue I'm following is? (e.g. Gamestop)

How do I find out when the next US congressional hearing is regarding ___? This is not a question for discussing current events surrounding Gamestop and Robinhood. I expected "when is the next ...
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How are members and chairs of subcommittees appointed by their party caucus/conference in the U.S. Senate?

There are many subcommittees in the U.S. Senate. On the third of February, 2021, the committees were reorganized to reflect the new Democratic majority in the Senate. Since then, some subcommittees ...
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Why isn't there a bigger presence of 3rd parties in the US Senate or House of Representatives?

Many people say that voting for a 3rd party in a presidential election is pointless. And under the rules, this is pretty true as it is a winner takes all system. The Senate and House of ...
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Why another impeachment vote at the Senate?

I always thought it was a three-step procedure: First, the Congress investigates. Second, the House of Representatives must pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of ...
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Has any political party changed sides in either U.S. congressional chamber, in the literal sense?

Over the course of history, the alignment of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties with the "political right" and "political left" has changed. For example, the Republican ...
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What's to stop the House majority party from voting to expel every member of the House minority party from committees?

Marjorie Taylor Greene was expelled by the House of Representatives this week from committee assignments after her comments on conspiracy theories. The vote passed by 230-199 with 11 Republicans ...
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Removing Lawmakers from Committee Assignments

Marjory Taylor-Green was removed from her committee assignments because of things she said. I understand that what she said crossed a line. I also hear that what she said helped incite violence. ...
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Can an older bill be picked up and voted on by a new congress? [duplicate]

Before the new congress took over in January 2021; the House of Representatives passed a standalone bill to increase the $600 stimulus payments to $2000, by sending an additional $1400 to every ...
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What is the Legal Process if Electoral Certificates are Damaged?

Plenty of interesting questions have arisen related to the unprecedented riot at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021. In a recent report printed in the New Yorker, Keith Stern, a ...
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Can the Supreme Court declare an impeachment unconstitutional? [duplicate]

Somebody asked:Why is the Senate, and not the Supreme Court, deciding whether the current impeachment is constitutional? As an Australian lawyer, I was thinking the same way. If a valid impeachment is ...
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Why does H.R.335 not mention the nominee's name?

To my understanding, H.R.335 which became Public Law No: 117-1. was a bill before the United States House of Representatives which would provide an exception to 10 U.S. Code § 113 (a) in order to ...
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Have Democrats in favour of abolishing the filibuster said anything about what happens if Democrats were to lose control of the Senate in the future?

Senator Joe Manchin has been consistently opposed to abolishing the filibuster, noting that the filibuster provides for minority input. I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because ...
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Why does the 50–50 Senate need a new organizing resolution before Democrats can take control of committee chairmanships?

Unlike the House of Representatives where its "rules package" expires at the end of each Congress, the Senate continues to operate on an existing organizing resolution from previous ...
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Is this person in this picture from the squad?

The following picture has often been associated with the squad. But who is the lady on the leftmost?
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What are the dress code rules for the Houses of Congress

Question: Is the dress code policy for the Houses of Congress available publicly? If so, is there an official source such as a US .gov website or how might a citizen go about finding it? If not, has ...
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US secrecy determination as per Article I, Section 5, Clause 3

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 ...
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Why are congressional votes not secret?

In general, a person in the United States has the right to vote. As far as I can tell, this vote is private—no one else knows who you voted for. Why are the votes in congress public? Wouldn't it help ...
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How would a vote in US congress taken under duress be later invalidated?

My question is inspired by the hypothetical actions of some of the recent insurectionists, one of whom was pictured below: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/zip-cuffs-capitol-riots/ At least 2 men ...
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Can members of congress carry weapons into the chamber?

Congresswoman Boebert has stated that she will bring a loaded glock into the DC. The article here says that weapons can be carried around the streets of Washington D.C but a permit is required. ...
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Quickly prevent POTUS from initiating military or nuclear operations?

As Pelosi warns Trump could be impeached for a second time if he does not leave office imminently and willing, she has expressed in a letter about two things which stems this question... Taking "...
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Can the Supreme Court strike down an impeachment that wasn’t for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ or is Congress the sole judge?

If an impeachment for something clearly not a ‘high crime or misdemeanor’ were to go though for example for increasing tariffs, would the Supreme Court have the power to overturn their judgement?
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Who chooses the ‘Designated Survivor’ at events such as the State of the Union?

A ‘Designated Survivor’ is chosen for major events that most Cabinet members attend, such as the State of the Union addresses. This is done to ensure the continuity of government during emergencies. ...
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Can the Senate Majority Leader change during a Congressional term? [duplicate]

With the change to the Alaska primary rules, and her recent denunciation of President Trump's actions inciting the recent violent riot/insurrection, a few (although I have yet to see particularly ...
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Does the Speech and Debate clause protect members of Congress from prosecution for violent threats made during congressional debates?

The first amendment has been interpreted to have exceptions that don’t protect violent speech, but what about this clause, could Congress members get away with saying literally anything during debates ...

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