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House Gallery Seating Capacity [duplicate]

What is the seating capacity of the US House of Representative's Gallery?
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What determines whether the US House votes by voice, roll call, or unanimous consent?

This question is in reference to Rep. Thomas Massie's threat to force a roll call vote for the CARES act. My understanding is that the House wants to go by unanimous consent, and Massie shot it down ...
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If all but one Congressman are killed, does a new Congress have be chosen? [duplicate]

If (as in the show “Designated Survivor,”) all Congressman but one are killed, would it be possible (in the US Constitution) for actions of Congress to be taken by the sole remaining Congressman? ...
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Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely?

Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely? Is the requirement that a member be in chamber in the constitution or law - or is it part of the senate or ...
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Does Cenk Uygur support secret ballots in union elections?

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and liberal political talk show host Cenk Uygur talked to the Huffington Post about the unionization efforts of the employees at his digital media company The ...
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Why deliberate NASA authorization bills if NASA doesn't need them?

Spacenews.com's The sound and fury over a NASA authorization bill says that a NASA authorization bill isn't required and most years the US Congress doesn't pass one. Question: If that's so, then what ...
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Is it possible for someone to run for Senator and (be) Representative at the same time?

In the US, can someone run for Senate while running for a House of Representatives seat at the same time, or (run for Senate) while still holding a seat in the House of Representatives? Since a ...
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What is the purpose of the 5 and 10 year periods in 2 U.S. Code § 933

In this question Why are US budget implications estimated "over 10 years"? the question was, why are budget impacts frequently estimated over 10 years. The accepted answer was it's the law. ...
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Is the Senate Compelled to Acquit Trump?

Given congress's recent decision to bar witnesses and evidence from being presented as part of President Trump's impeachment trial, are members of the Senate compelled to acquit based on lack of ...
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Does setting precedent automatically make something ok for subsequent politicians to do the same thing?

Surrounding the Impeachment trial of President Trump many news outlets have voiced that an acquittal will be setting precedent. Does this mean that subsequent presidents will be able to do the same ...
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Why is Senator Paul's question believed to have been about the identity of the whistleblower?

According to this NPR article, the reason Chief Justice Roberts blocked a question by Senator Paul may have been because it identified the whistleblower. It is believed that Paul's question would ...
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Is a US Senate impeachment trial limited to the articles submitted by the House?

Imagine the following scenario: During President Trump's impeachment trial*, video evidence surfaces showing the president committing a clear act of treason, as defined by US law (perhaps discussing a ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Is there a good resource that lists all conference committees in the current Congress?

Conference committees are used to resolve difference between the two chambers of Congress. Even an astute observer may miss the creation of conference committees unless they regularly read the Record ...
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Is there a way that Congress could secretly vote on approving a potential war?

The US killed Soleimani without notifying Congress, which a lot of people in Congress are angry about. There are fears this could start a war, which would constitutionally require congressional ...
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Can the House Democrats still call witnesses/can Bolton still testify?

From NBC news: McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses The process cannot get started until Pelosi sends the House-passed articles charging the ...
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Is there any reason Congress hasn't enforced their subpoena power over witnesses?

This Politics.se question asks about Trump's ability to defend himself during the impeachment hearings - I'm not asking about that specifically, but related to that I am asking about the witnesses in ...
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Is it true that “Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” in the House impeachment proceedings?

I was just reading the editorial Trump Should Be Removed from Office in Christianity Today, and I was struck by this quote (emphasis mine): Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had ...
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Why is it necessary to have a president in a democracy?

Hello. I don't really know much about politics and I might not use the correct terminology, so please excuse my lack of knowledge. As far as I understand, in the United States (as an example) a ...
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Is Jeff Van Drew becoming a Republican?

It seems to me that Jeff Van Drew is the only party defector in this impeachment. Is he actually switching parties?
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Could a Senator commit perjury if they swear the oath at the impeachment trial in the senate?

A Senator is on record of having explicitly stated "I'm not an impartial juror" in regards to the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. Another Senator said, "I am trying to give a pretty clear ...
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What constitutes a vote for or against a motion in Congress?

In the UK, Members of Parliament vote on things by shouting either ‘aye’ or ‘no’, and when the winner is not clear it will go to division. I understand the US takes a lot of cues from Parliamentary ...
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Can impeachment and censure of US president for the same issues coexist?

CNN's Small group of House Democrats discussed censure over impeachment ahead of looming vote made me wonder if they have to necessarily choose between these two. In general, are these exclusive? If ...
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Can a House committee member who is willfully disrupting a hearing be ejected?

If a member of a House committee repeatedly interrupts a committee hearing with specious "points of order" or by talking and interrupting without being recognized, is there a process for ejecting that ...
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Has the Office of Professional Responsibility announced an investigation of Barr?

In May, Attorney General Bill Barr tasked John Durham with conducting an administrative review of the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. In October, it was reported that this ...
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Can congressional committees publish phone records as part of their report?

The US House Intelligence committee released their report this week detailing the evidence they believe supports the case for impeaching Donald Trump. In the report are a bunch of phone records. I ...
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What are the possible punishments for an impeached USA president?

In the United States of America, if the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against the sitting president, and the Senate finds the president to be guilty, what are the options to ...
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Can the President refuse a subpoena from a Congressional impeachment hearing?

Many Trump supporters remain unconvinced by the testimony that has been given during the impeachment inquiry, and say they want to hear what the President has to say in a formal context (as opposed to ...
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How can one view the changes made by amendments to bills in Congress?

In this particular case, I am interested in bill S.1838 in the 116th Congress. There is an amendment to this bill called S.Amdt.1246 to S.1838. However, I can't find any information about what changed....
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Are members of the military allowed to wear civilian clothes when testifying in Congress?

The question is sparked by the attention that media has to military personnel wearing dress uniform when testifying in front of a US Congress committee, calling it "pulling the soldier card" in regard ...
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Is there a reason to have 2 or more witnesses at the same time during the current impeachment hearings

Is there a reason to have 2 or more witnesses at the same time during the current impeachment hearings ? For example, in today's morning session (November 19 2019) There are 2 witnesses, Lieutenant ...
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Can the fact that Trump issued a Do Not Testify be used in impeachment articles? [duplicate]

Can Congress create an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice because President Trump told his people not to come when subpoenaed? This is different than other questions because I am ...
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What does it mean for a document to be added into the Congressional Record during a committee hearing?

While watching the impeachment hearing with Ambassador Taylor, I sometimes heard committee members ask to enter articles (e.g. opinion articles from the New York times or an article from Politco) into ...
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Cabinets in USA (presidential) and UK (parliamentary) system difference? [closed]

What differences are there in the way the cabinets work between the UK, with their parliamentary system, and the USA, with their presidential system?
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How would the whistleblower remain anonymous if they testified?

Republicans are reportedly looking to bring the whistleblower who kicked off the Ukraine investigation in to testify before the committee. Republicans' witness list is due Saturday morning and one ...
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Which act of Congress authorized the Ukrainian aid which was allegedly withheld?

According to multiple media sources, U.S. aid to Ukraine was authorized by Congress. I am having difficulty identifying precisely which act would have authorized the specific aid which the Trump ...
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Did Devin Nunes ever reveal evidence of unmasking abuse?

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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Was the whistle-blower's (12 Aug 2019) complaint deemed credible?

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, did the Inspector General (Michael Atkinson- IGIC) determine that the whistle-blower's complaint appeared credible? This question can be answered factually. The ...
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How does cross-examination of witnesses in the impeachment inquiry work?

According to NPR: The measure will enable public hearings and a release of the witness interviews already taken by House committees and will allow the president and his attorneys to cross-examine ...
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Did Obama notify Congress (the Intelligence committees in particular) that the bin Laden raid was ongoing?

Trump said recently that he did not notify Congress that the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was ongoing because Trump feared a leak from Congress. So he only notified Congress after the US ...
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Trump Impeachment tallies in the House?

Are there any reliable tallies of those in the House that are supportive of impeachment of President Trump versus those that are not? I imagine most aren't on the public record, but curious if someone ...
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Why has Pelosi not held the impeachment vote the White House is demanding?

It's established that the House does not need to vote in order to being an impeachment inquiry, because a previous House had changed the rules so the committee already had subpoena power. However, ...
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What are the rules/laws for Congresspersons who want to listen to closed-door proceedings of committees they are not a part of?

In relation to another question of mine (and the comments it triggered), what rules does Congress have for closed-door meetings in committees, particularly with respect to the participation of other ...
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Are there precedents for Congresspersons going in uninvited to closed-doors committee proceedings?

According to CNN: Roughly two-dozen House Republicans on Wednesday stormed a closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee spaces to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment ...
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Can a US President ban a Congressman from using SCIFs?

A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, and is mandated for use in some situations when reviewing classified and sensitive materials. If a President has cause, e.g. knows a ...
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What is the longest someone served in the US Senate before they sponsored and passed a major piece of legislation?

Major can be defined as anything other than nonbinding resolutions, naming of public buildings, national days, flag commemorations and the like. And by passed I mean the act was voted into law. I ...
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Has the DOJ taken any steps to list Al Jazeera as a foreign agent?

News this summer was that group of US Senators was pushing the DOJ to list Al Jazeera as ‘foreign agent’ (or probably force them to list themselves as such under FARA). In a letter to the justice ...
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Are meetings between the President and leaders of congress neutrally documented for the public?

There was a recent meeting in the White House where Pelosi and Schumer walked out. Unsurprisingly the Democrats and Republicans have slightly different versions of what happened - Democrats making the ...
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What was the ultimate fate of the 1985 defamation lawsuit against Rep. Don Sundquist?

In a pre-Westfall case (which might as well have motivated the 1988 law that increased Congresspersons' immunity against civil lawsuits), NYT reports (1987) A Federal appeals court panel has ruled ...
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Are there any (post-Westfall) cases in which the Attorney General refused certification for a defamation lawsuit against a Congressperson?

The Westfall Act (1988) provides strong protection for Congresspersons against civil lawsuits. Part of the procedure that allows this protection to be effective is the fact that following Attorney ...

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