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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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Did Congress ever refuse to grant an exception to US Code 113(a)?

According to 10 U.S. Code § 113 - Secretary of Defense: (a) There is a Secretary of Defense, who is the head of the Department of Defense, appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with ...
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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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Comparing the summer of 2020's BLM protests to the events at the Capitol on 6th January, 2021

I realize that this is a contentious matter and do not want to start a heated discussion. In fact, having just come from one, I don't want a discussion at all - just some dispassionate, neutral, ...
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Did the FBI inform the US Capitol Police on the level of possible threat on Jan 6?

It's been reported that following the rioting and break-ins from Trump supporters at the Capitol, both the (acting) chief of the US Capitol Police and the Seargents at Arms of both chambers have ...
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Why continue counting/certifying electors after one candidate has secured a majority?

As I understand it, a presidential candidate needs to secure 270 electoral votes to have a majority and thereby officially win the election. As I also understand it, when the joint session of Congress ...
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Was there a specific order for a muted response to pro-trump rioters' assault on the capital building?

Comparing the response to the recent BLM protests and the scenes last night (06/01/2021), as pro-trump groups made their way into the Capitol building, the reactions don't seem to be proportional. ...
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Whose responsibility is the physical security of the US Capitol?

It will seem, at first glance, like this question has an easy answer; the US Capitol Police. It might be that that's the answer, but I'm not sure whether it goes more in-depth than that. During the ...
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How long might Congress take to certify the 2020 Presidential election?

In 2017, the joint session of Congress certifying Trump's 2016 win took a little over 30 minutes; I watched it. There were a few objections from Representatives, but none were joined by a Senator and ...
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What happens if the Vice-President were to die before presiding over the official electoral college vote count?

The President of the US Senate (who is the Vice-President ) is responsible for presiding over the electoral college's votes formally in a Joint Session of Congress. However, what if the Vice-President ...
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Why can members-elect vote for Speaker of the US House of Representatives?

Nancy Pelosi has just been re-elected to the Speakership in the US House of Representatives, and will be serving her fourth and final term as Speaker there from now until, presumably, the third of ...
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Can the US President veto Congress' decisions to reject electoral votes for the presidency?

According to the Electoral Count Act on the designation of the US President, the House of Representatives and the Senate may reject votes of some electors when they consider that these votes were not ...
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Assuming Pelosi is Speaker, how would it affect the January 6th count if she refused to seat the Reps who plan on objecting to the electoral votes?

As Rep. Bill Pascrell said it, "Stated simply, the men and women who would act to tear the United States Government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress," arguing that the 14th ...
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What happens to the undecided House seats in NY-22 and IA-02? [duplicate]

There are two House seats still undecided: NY-22 and IA-02. Who will be the representatives for those seats on January 3?
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Was the 5,593 pages-long stimulus bill the longest bill ever passed?

The recently passed stimulus bill and appropriations act was 5,593 pages long. Was that the longest bill ever passed?
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If the Electoral Count Act is repealed, would Pence have the power to throw out states' results? [duplicate]

I have just found that another lawsuit have been filed in Texas, aimed at overturning the presidential election result and seeking for the courts to invalidate the Electoral Count Act as ...
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What will be the makeup of the new Congress (2021)? [duplicate]

There appears to be 2 House elections that are contested and 2 Senate runoff elections yet to be held. What will be the makeup of the new Congress once they are sworn in on January 3, 2021? In other ...
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Can a bill be recalled before it's signed into law?

Let's say the House of Representatives and the Senate pass a bill and it sits on the President's desk. Before the President signs the bill, can it be recalled (by the Senate or the House)?
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How do politicians scrutinize bills that are thousands of pages long?

The recently passed stimulus bill is said to be 5,593 pages long, and allocates $900 billion in funds. It's no surprise that there was no chance to read or amend the bill. The logistics of revising a ...

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