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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't the US ratify treaties that have been widely ratified elsewhere?

The Wikipedia article List of treaties unsigned or unratified by the United States lists, among others, some famous treaties that have been widely ratified like the Convention on Rights of Persons ...
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Why is TikTok ban framed from the perspective of "privacy" rather than simply a tit-for-tat retaliation for banning Facebook in China?

There's currently tons of disputes in the media over the extent to which TikTok is supposed to be "spying" on US users and (afaik) the planned ban, if executed, will be done on the grounds ...
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What is the point of TikTok congress hearing when most of the lawmakers believe CCP can have full control of TikTok?

I watched some video clips about TikTok congress hearing and one thing is clear that most of the lawmakers believe CCP can have full control/influence of TikTok. It is a bipartisan unity that nothing ...
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Origin of "longtime House Republican principle that states no bill should pass without a 'majority of the majority' on board"?

Politico's March 22, 2023 McCarthy’s newest challenge: Keeping the House GOP peace on war power includes the following: Should a standalone war powers repeal bill come up, only a handful of ...
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What are the causes for partisan politics to have grown more severe then in the past, and how much is down to echo chambers? [duplicate]

From my, admittedly limited, knowledge of US history it seems that congress tended to be a bit less patrician in the past. Congressman were more likely to support bipartisan initiatives, more likely ...
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Are congressional investigations ever more than political theater? How often does one actually lead to actionable results?

I've seen so many congressional investigations over the years, and generally they all feel pointless to me. In particular, every case the news talks about the investigation for a little while, you ...
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Apportionment: Where is the actual language for "the method known as the method of equal proportions" in the U.S.C.?

In the United States Congress, there are two legislative bodies: the House of Representatives and the Senate. These two bodies are structured differently from the very beginning in Article 1 of the U....
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Last 'real' US budget (before 2023)?

When was the last time the US Congress passed a true annual budget, in one or several installments, that was signed by the President? In recent memory the practice has been to pass a series of "...
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Why didn't Democrats get rid of the debt ceiling while they were in power?

Since 1995, Democrats and Republicans have been in constant disagreement over the debt ceiling, with Democrats wanting to raise it and Republicans resisting their efforts. During this time, Democrats ...
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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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Is there a process for 'removing' a law

Any good student of Schoolhouse Rock knows how a bill becomes a law, but how do laws get removed, like obsolete laws?
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What is the effect of U.S. House members being sworn in?

In the January 2023 crisis over electing Speaker of the House in the U.S., usually one of the first things mentioned in any coverage is that without a Speaker, "House members can't even be sworn ...
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Why would US Senator Adam Schiff be addressed as "Chairmanship" rather than "Chairman"? [closed]

At the very end of the December 11, 2022 Face The Nation video Schiff says Jan. 6 committee's probe "far out ahead" of Justice Department the show's "moderator and CBS News senior ...
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Why didn't Democrats legalize marijuana federally when they controlled Congress?

A notable majority of the US is supportive of legalizing marijuana, with Democrats having a much higher level of support, and Biden's own platform including legalizing it. Given the overwhelming ...
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Why did the 72nd Congress' U.S. House session not meet until December 1931?

After the 1930 U.S. House of Representatives elections, newly elected members officially took office the following March but there was no active session of Congress until December 1931. Considering ...
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What was the House Popular Vote excluding uncontested races?

In the aftermath of most Congressional elections, it is often noted that Democrats did better in the House popular vote than they did in terms of actual seats won, indicating a role for the incumbency ...
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Federal government's power to mandate the sale of specific product

Can the Federal government (Congress/agency) mandate that private firms offer a specific product? Example: Seller of wood tables MUST also offer plastic table. OR... All hardware stores (defined ...
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What do the numbers mean after the R and D when describing seats in the House of Representatives?

I'm sure this is basic but my Google search results are overwhelmed by links to current events. [...] Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert appears in real danger of losing her R+15 seat [...] What does R+...
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Countries with a very plural congress/parliament

As Brazil heads toward it's runoff, one striking feature is that it's very multiparty. No party has more than 13/81 and 77/513 senate and house seats, respectively (about 15%). Are there any countries ...
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