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What bill provided for public viewing of bills before Congressional vote?

I cannot remember the name of this failed bill. I forget if it pertained to the House or the Senate or both. The proposed legislation essentially stated that a bill would have to be viewed in its ...
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Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President?

Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President? Let's say that the President declared war against Cuba for no reason, could Congress step in and annul the declaration of war or is ...
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Do trade or currency wars require congressional approval?

According to the US Consitution, Article 1, Section 8, US Congress has the power "To declare War". Currently, several mainstream news outlets are describing various tariff increases by the current US ...
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Are sworn witnesses not obligated to answer questions in congressional hearings?

Watching the Mueller hearing today, I was surprised to find that he was declining to answer some questions. Although many questions could be rightfully answered by saying "I refer you to the report", ...
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Is it common for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives to go door-to-door as a campaign activity?

I read that candidates for Congress can knock on doors as a way to campaign. Is this a common practice or something that is rare? I read that AOC knocked on many doors, but I would think this would ...
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Why did Rand Paul vote in support of the 2017 tax cuts if he's against increasing the deficit?

I've seen lots of media sources calling Sen. Rand Paul a hypocrite for blocking the 9/11 victim compensation fund bill until the cost is offset elsewhere, but not voting against the 2017 tax cut bill ...
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Has any congressperson ever been a victim of discrimination while in office?

From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's web page Immigrants' Employment Rights Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws: Harassment Based on National Origin Ethnic slurs and other ...
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Does anything else happen if the parliamentarian rules a House speech was out of order, but is not stricken by vote?

In the debate over the House resolution condemning President Trump's tweets, Nancy Pelosi characterized them as racist This sparked an attempt by Republicans to have the speech stricken “I ask ...
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Why did Barry Goldwater change from opposing to supporting the Export Trade Administration Act of 1979?

The House modified the bill after it passed the Senate. Goldwater was among three Senators who voted against the bill. Can someone confirm that the modifications that the House of Representatives ...
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Are US Congressional districts required to be connected?

With all the talk of gerrymandering of late, I was looking up North Carolina's past election maps. And man, the 2016 map which caused the court case looks downright normal compared to some of the ones ...
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Could the U.S. Congress abolish itself?

Hypothetically, could the U.S. Congress abolish itself and transfer all power to the President? I'm thinking of a scenario where Congress amends the Constitution and gives all power the President, ...
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What other countries besides the US have mechanics that allow the minority to block legislation?

Filibustering gives disproportionate leverage to minorities in the Senate. These, in turn, lead to bills not passing or often not even getting past subcommittees. Are there any other instances of this ...
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If Congress discards a state's electoral votes, does it change the number needed for a majority?

According to the 12th Amendment, a majority of "whole number of Electors appointed" is needed to elect a US President or Vice President, or else it's thrown into a contingent election by the House (...
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How can a single member of the House derail a Congressional bill?

I read a news article today that claims that a Congressional bill to provide disaster relief to US communities has been derailed, because a single member of the House of Representatives objected to it....
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Why are some parties not accepting the 2019 election results in India? [closed]

The non-BJP parties like Congress and the Mahagathbandhan are not willing to accept their defeat in the general elections of 2019. What reasons do these parties state for not accepting the election ...
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Why are lawsuits between the President and Congress not automatically sent to the Supreme Court

When the United State Congress and the President are involved in a legal fight together, the resulting legal case originates in a US District Court for DC, as was the case for United States v. Nixon. ...
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Has the White House addressed what brought H.R. 312 to Trump’s attention?

President Trump tweeted this yesterday: Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native ...
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What happens if the US Attorney General refuses to comply with the legislative branch?

Similar to question Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat? but in reference to specifically the attorney general. As a side note, ...
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Did any US Congressmen use their free speech privileges to publish classified material since the Pentagon Papers?

In 1971, Senator Mike Gravel famously used his Congressional free speech privileges to publish a classified report on US activities in Vietnam, later dubbed "the Pentagon Papers". Did any members of ...
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How can a citizen change an existing law — who can the bill be submitted to

its known that in order to make or change a law, a bill is needed which is introduced to congress and the senate etc.... The question: If a citizen is directly affected by a current "unfair" law and ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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Do Senate committees really ever interview low-level nominees?

Does the United States Senate actually take the time to interview low level nominees like nominees for low military general ranks (Brig. General) or really specific roles that require senate ...
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Why didn't Mueller have to submit a report to Congress?

Ken Starr had to submit a report directly to Congress, pursuant to 28 USC 595 (c) Why didn't Mueller have to do this?
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What political barriers prevent the legalization of Marihuana on the federal level in the United States?

Multiple US states have legalized the recreational use of Marihuana. Why is US federal law still anti-marijuana? A Democratic president, Barack Obama, was in office for 8 years and could have started ...
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Who in the US actually “sends” astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

The sources cited in this question and in the news mention that in a recent speech to the US space council, vice president Pence announced that NASA should land astronauts on the south pole of the ...
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Can the US President recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA or does that need an act of Congress?

President Trump has tweeted that the USA should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights" - directly contradicting United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 from 1981. Can ...
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What happens if the border wall resolution veto is not overridden by Congress?

After the veto, if Congress does not overturn, what are the options to prevent the national emergency declaration from moving forward?
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How do vetoes affect re-votes in US Congress?

I would think that a president challenging the will of congress would cause congress to vote differently out of principle but am curious if this is true. Throughout history, what is the percentage ...
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To what extent did the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib reflect a “Sanders effect”?

Left-wing journalist Doug Henwood recently asserted the following about Bernie Sanders: Without his candidacy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] wouldn’t be in Congress, neither would her colleagues ...
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How quick could congress impeach and remove a president from office?

If Congress really needs to and wants to remove a president from office any speculation on how quickly it could be done? I assuming there is such urgency that there is no opposition in the House ...
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Why do members of Congress in committee hearings ask witnesses the same question multiple times?

I must've seen at least 3 Congressmen ask Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, who Individual 1 was, despite the fact that in the beginning he had already said it was Donald ...
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Is the timing of the US-North-Korea summit in Vietnam and Michael Cohen's testimony in Congress coincidence?

Both event happened more or less at the same time. I wonder if this is a coincidence or actually a coordinated set of events? In particular, was the summit arranged by Trump at the same time as the ...
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What specific rule(s) prevent US congressional offices from using campaign datasets while doing outreach campaigns?

I'm working on a project where this issue has relevancy and am having difficulty finding the specific rules for the US House of Representatives that are behind the following assertion: "Though ...
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Wording to request support for Bill stuck in US House committee?

Supposing a letter-writing campaign was launched to support a particular house bill, including the H.R. #; and that bill had a notable number of sponsors; and was referred to a committee, in which the ...
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Congressional oaths of office

Is it a requirement of holding congressional office that one must swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States?
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Can the US states veto Congress legislation?

As said in the title: Can the US states veto laws approved by the Congress? For instance, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 while it gave 90% of the funding from a Highway Trust Fund, however, ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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How to donate to most likely minor party congressional candidate in the US?

I would like to see non-major-party candidates elected to congress. I don't care which state, and I don't much care what their platform is. Are there any political organizations whose mission is to ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Reps be replaced?

What are the requirements to replace the speaker of the House?
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Who is counted for representation in the US Congress?

I was reading an article about the citizenship question on the decennial US census. The article said that including the citizenship question would discourage immigrants from participation in the ...
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What is the next portion of the US government that will be shutdown?

Currently, it appears that around 25% of the US government is shutdown. To the best of my understanding, this is because different departments funding expires at different times. What does the ...
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Can the US Congress allocate funds conditionally?

Could Congress allocate funds for a project or agency, but add a restriction that the funds cannot be used until some other criteria is met? For example (purely hypothetically, of course): Could ...
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Can Congress end the government shutdown without the President's agreement? [duplicate]

Negotiations over the current US government shutdown have, as far as I've heard, mainly been between the President and Congressional Democrats. So far, Republicans in Congress seem to be siding with ...
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Have members of Congress missed a paycheck during this shutdown?

It is my impression (perhaps incorrect) that Congressional operations has already been funded through the end of this fiscal year, consequentially not impacted directly by this current shutdown. ...
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Senate bypass Majority Leader

According to this answer citing the senate website: Senate rules also permit a measure to be placed directly on the calendar when introduced or received from the House. This process permits ...
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Power of the House of Representatives [closed]

The Republican Party had control of the Presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, but were held hostage by the Democrats. Now the Democrats have the House and everyone acts like they ...
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Why is 3/4 of the US federal government unaffected by a shutdown?

I don't understand why the shutdown only affects a portion of the government. Where does the rest get its funding and why isn't it bound by the same dependency on congressional approval?
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Why were US Congresional election results regularly overturned in the early 20th century?

This graphic from a FiveThirtyEight article shows dozens of Congressmen were removed from office during the first four decades of the 20th century due to having election results overturned. Why was ...
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Do any members of Congress support a British-style socialized healthcare system?

A number of Democratic members of Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders being the most prominent, support a Canadian-style single-payer system where doctors and hospitals are private, but health insurance ...
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What happens if the House passes an identical CR to the one the Senate recently passed? [duplicate]

On December 20, 2018, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open. It did not include funding for a border wall. Rather than make it to the House floor though, there were ...