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Have any Congresspersons said they are completely against all forms of vaccine?

Somewhat related to this answer, based on a quick look at the positions of some Congresspersons, they could get [and they do get] labeled 'vaccine skeptics' [by critics]. I'm wondering if any of them [...
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Why was Congress able to create an Air Force without a constitutional amendment?

Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution enumerates the powers of Congress and includes the creation of military forces: To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use ...
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What would have to happen for the recently passed "reform" bill in Taiwan to become law?

The Guardian's May 29, 2024 Taiwan passes controversial reform bill after violence and protests summarizes the current situation. The bills were driven by the two major opposition parties, the ...
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Which Democratic members of Congress continue to support US military aid to Israel?

A Politico article from April 4th, "A blinking red light for Israel in American politics", opens with the observation that US leadership is "nearly" out of patience. The Politico ...
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What is the current state of US's dilemma on waiving CAATSA for India?

CAATSA is the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia passed by the Senate on July 27, 2017....
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Could the POTUS cancel any amount of student debt without approval of the US Congress?

Recently, Biden's Administration is approving $6.1 billion in student debt cancellation for 317,000 borrowers who attended the Art Institutes., but I haven't seen the Senate or House ever voted on ...
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Is there a site where I can check on what Congressperson voted for which bill?

Often, I want to check on how a Congressperson voted on a particular bill, and I see people with the information on who voted for what bill, so I got wondering...is there a site where I can access all ...
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Is it a contempt of congress if somone refuses to give a simple answer to "Have you ever owned a business"?

The video here (tagged at 3:21) https://youtu.be/ARvCS8xwk8k?t=184 shows Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) questioning Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su during a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing. ...
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Based on the current/planned cost of the war, is Israel able to sustain the war in Gaza without extra aid from United States?

I wonder based on the current economic situation of Israel, if it could sustain the war against Hamas by itself without external aid. It is reported that the United States committed over $3.3 billion ...
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What's the meaning of "the House has concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 815 with an amendment" (in H.Res. 1160)?

It's unclear to me what's the exact meaning of this wording from H.Res. 1160 Upon transmission to the Senate of a message that the House has concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 815 with an ...
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Constitutionality of house of Congress passing separate bills and then combining them without vote on full bill

On April 20, 2024, the US House of Representatives passed a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Indo-Pacific, and miscellaneous other matters, which it plans to send to the Senate as one bill. ...
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Could Congress veto the NPVIC via its control of DC's electoral votes?

The 23rd amendment begins 1: The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President... (...
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Is there another way to put an age limit to Congress members without making a constitutional amendment in the U.S.?

Forbes' political staffer Sara Dorn writes, "Instilling age- and term-limits is also a logistically complicated process that would likely require a constitutional amendment, which would need ...
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Ken Buck, R Colorado's 4th district resigns today?

How does Congressmen Ken Buck's impromptu resignation this afternoon affect/threaten the Republican's Majority in the U.S. Congress?
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Have any Congresspersons from the Democratic Party opposed more aid to Ukraine in itself, and if so what reasons did they give for that?

I'm aware that opposition for more aid to Ukraine mostly comes from the Republican camp these days. Nonetheless, some House Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did oppose some earlier omnibus ...
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

We, the undersigned organizations, are a broad and diverse group of good government organizations committed to ensuring that our institutions and elected officials act on behalf of the people they ...
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Why does expelled former American congressperson, George Santos, still have access to the United States of America's Congressional House floor?

Why does disgraced former American congressperson, George Santos (AKA Anthony Devolder AKA Anthony Zabrovsky allegedly AKA Kitara Ravache) still have access to the United States of America's ...
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Can I recall my US Senator or Representatives in Congress?

I live in Texas, is there an effective proceedure to recall my senator or representatives in Congress? Has an online petition ever been effective at recalling a Senator or Congressman?
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

The US election law says that the Senate picks the VP and the House picks the President. If no president is elected when the term starts, the newly elected VP would act as President. In such case, ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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What happens if a bill passes the House with a provision that sunsets before the Senate hears it?

The House passed HR 7024 today (Jan. 31st) which has a provision that expires a tax credit today - on the 31st. Since the Senate has not received the Bill, what happens to the date that has now passed?...
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By what margin did the House agree to the Senate amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014?

On Wikipedia, the "legislative history" box simply lists empty brackets for this House vote. The congressional history itself jumps straight from the Senate passing the amendment to the ...
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Why were MIT, Harvard, UPenn specifically questioned over antisemitism?

In the recent Congressional hearing, the presidents of Harvard, MIT and UPenn were questioned whether calls for the genocide of Jews would violate their schools’ conduct policies. News articles are ...
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Were only two hours allowed for general discussion in the Congress for the 22nd Amendment (two term restriction)?

I was trying to read the debates in the US about the term restriction for president and found that Congress had a "debate" on that on Feb. 6th, 1947. In the official records a remark by ...
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Is the US house anti-zionism resolution unconstitutional?

Reading "House Passes Resolution Declaring Anti-Zionism A Form Of Antisemitism—Some Democrats Are Critical" The House on Tuesday approved a GOP-led resolution that condemns antisemitism and ...
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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?

The answers to this question - What reasons may Donald Trump have had for firing FBI Director James Comey? - appear to suggest that there is widespread certainty that the sacking was politically ...
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If the electoral votes were not certified on January 6, who would be president?

On January 6, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters breached the US capitol building demanding that Mike Pence refuse to certify the election and overturn it in his favor. Despite massive civil unrest, ...
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Is there any fiscal responsibility merit to Congress's plan to use IRS funds to pay for Israeli relief?

The U.S. Congress is debating a plan to take $14 Billion dollars allocated to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or tax collectors and give it to Israel for emergency aid. The idea for this as ...
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Is US Speaker Johnson's voting pattern on legislation related to individual freedom consistent with his ideology of 7 Core Principles of Conservatism?

In CNN's coverage of the new US House Speaker's "acceptance speech", Speaker Mike Johnson says (after 16:54) In his farewell address, President Reagan explained the secret of his rapport ...
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Congressional vs. Party Votes: Secrets & Differences

In the domain of voting methodologies, what moral, ethical, and procedural distinctions arise when comparing secret ballots in congressional votes and party votes? Why do the principles and rationales ...
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Were there lobbyists in the closed-door meeting the night before the floor vote electing the new US Speaker? To whom is Rep. Tim Burchett referring?

In CNN's October 25, 2023 GOP lawmaker says colleagues need to 'get off their butts and get to work (an apparently tired) US representative Tim Burchett discusses the closed door meeting that took ...
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How many votes did Scalise receive for speaker in the full House?

I can find information about how much he earned against Jordan in the Republican-only vote but amazingly not about how much he earned in a straight vote in the full house. I've only read that it's ...
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What are the issues and solution, regarding the looming U.S. Government shutdown at 12:01 am Sunday Oct 1st?

Question: What are the issues and solution, regarding the looming U.S. Government shutdown (expected for 12:01 am Sun, Oct 1st 2023)? Background In the United States, both branches of the bicameral ...
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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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Can the special members of Congress for Puerto Rico, DC, and other territories be subject to recall by statute or term limited?

Representatives and senators cannot be, but what about the other members of Congress?
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Is it common for US states to pass resolutions supporting federal legislation?

Is it common for US state legislatures to pass resolutions officially supporting bills in Congress? Does Congress give such resolutions significant weight?
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What Is Behind The Puzzling Timing of the U.S. House Vacancy Election In Utah?

U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R), of Utah's 2nd Congressional District, will resign on September 15, 2023, citing his wife's health concerns. A special election will be held on November 21, 2023, ...
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New member guide and other learning resources for US Congress

Is there a place where new members go to learn how Congress works on the floor? Also, is there a guide or series of guides that can explain how debating works, and how scheduling items for debate ...
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How Does Military Budgeting Work? The 1969 Mansfield Amendment

I'm personally curious as to the impact of Senator Mike Mansfield's (D) amendment to the fiscal year 1970 Military Authorization Act (Public Law 91-121, Section 203) on science research and funding ...
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Has a bill ever failed a house of Congress unanimously?

Has a bill ever failed to pass in a house of Congress with zero votes in favor?
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Data on vote and seats

I'm looking for a data on: Nationwide data from 1946 on Democrat and Republican share of the national vote Share of the seats in Congress in the same period. Would it be possible to collect the same ...
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Data Source for 2012 US Congress and US Senate Elections

I need to find a good data source for the 2012 United States Congress and Senate elections. I have found this: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/federalelections2012.shtml The problem is that it is ...
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How many congressmen have each of the sessions had?

Is data available on how many congressmen served in each of the sessions of congress? When did we start having 535?
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In the American Congress, how does a motion come forward to be voted on without the support of the Speaker or Senate majority leader)?

At least in the Senate it´s easier given the majority leader is not the chair, that would be the president pro tempore or the vice president. But in general, how does this happen if push comes to ...
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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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Was the U.S. IRS instructed to give Congress Donald Trump's tax records; if so, have they?

With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court letting Manhattan prosecutor pursue Donald Trump's financial records, it rejected President Trump’s bold claims of immunity from local law enforcement and ...
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Writings or public statements advising elected politicians on how to make hard choices

While not always seen in this light, members of congressional or parliamentary bodies are regularly faced with moral choices when deciding how to vote in situations where the answers to questions like ...
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Has a majority of one political party in one house of Congress ever voted in opposition to the same party in the other house in the same Congress?

Has there ever been a case where a majority of a political party votes one way on some bill in the Senate but a different way on the same bill in the House of Representatives? For example, has a ...
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Has the Congress of the US ever passed an "Amnesty law" and are such laws constitutional?

Amnesty laws are laws that reduce the penalty of or allow the release of prisoners convicted of various offences i.e someone is convicted of an offence with a mandatory minimum imprisonment without ...
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Why is it the President's job to resolve conflicts in Congress?

Yesterday the Republican-led US House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling, but it includes many spending cutbacks that are objectionable to Democrats. The Democrat-led Senate is ...

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