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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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Legal consequences of complying with a house subpoena? [migrated]

I keep seeing in the news that, at the president's order, people are ignoring subpoenas from the house of representatives, citing executive privilege. So what legal bite does the president have if ...
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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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Political Strategy--Impeachment [closed]

As many have argued, the impeachment events should be viewed as a political event. Can anyone explain to me what the rationale, or a stated reason from Pelosi, given Trump's growing impeachment ...
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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 consistutes 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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Can US Congress members be (successfully) sued for defamation?

What is the level of protection of Congress members against civil lawsuits for statements they make, e.g. can they be successfully sued for defamation (libel, slander etc.)?
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Can the US President sue political rivals?

President Trump recently made a statement about suing Pelosi and Schiff over the impeachment inquiry. Can the US President sue political rivals? What would he sue about? How would that work in ...
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What's the point of the ranking minority member being consulted before a subpoena is issued by the chair?

A 2018 CRS document summarizing the subpoena power of committees of Congress says Most House committees have also delegated to their chair the power to authorize subpoenas. Many of these rules ...
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When and why did the House rules change to permit an inquiry without a vote?

This other question asks whether the House requires a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, but several of the answers (including the accepted one) point out that the rules have changed since Clinton'...
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Does the US Supreme Court have the authority to rule on impeachment matters?

In the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the Trump administration has recently taken the stance that apparently they view the inquiry as invalid in some way, and are refusing to ...
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How could presidential power realistically be reigned in over time? [closed]

As I understand it scholars generally agree that the modern president is far more powerful then originally intended by the founders of the constitution. Over the generations presidents have been ...
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What can be done about a US president who refuses to co-operate with an impeachment panel?

Is it possible to prevent a sitting US President from hindering an impeachment investigation against him or her? The Washington Post just reported that: Trump personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani ...
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Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry?

Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry? News sources such as this CNN article seem to show a disagreement between the White House saying that a House vote is required, while ...
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What happens if an official leaves office before the end of his/her impeachment process?

There's an article on CNN and one of its headers says that There's no time limit on the impeachment process - but Democrats want to move quickly What happens if the legal process takes multiple ...
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Why is lying to Congress a crime?

Why is it considered a crime if you lie while testifying before Congress, but Representatives seem to be able to say whatever they want without repercussions?