Questions tagged [congress]

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Have Democrats in favour of abolishing the filibuster said anything about what happens if Democrats were to lose control of the Senate in the future?

Senator Joe Manchin has been consistently opposed to abolishing the filibuster, noting that the filibuster provides for minority input. I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because ...
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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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Educational records of congress?

As part of a research project, I'm interested in finding comprehensive educational records of United States politicians in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This would include what ...
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Attitudes of the two parties towards the central bank

The article on Economist Making Fed Great Again says: That matters because Republicans have long sought to overhaul the central bank by subjecting its monetary policy decisions to review by the ...
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If a Special Commission was to be created to lead the Russia probes, would Congress be involved?

John McCain claims that Congress has no 'credibility' to lead the Russia probes and calls for an Independent select commission to lead. Congress no longer has the credibility to independently tackle ...
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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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Which kinds of congresspeople are richer than others?

As far as I'm aware, the public data exists to disclose the net worth of US Senators/House members both as they enter Congress, and as they leave it (or current data if they are active). Is there any ...
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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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What happens after an unfavorable recommendation?

In the United States House of Representatives, what happens after a resolution is sent to the house with an unfavorable recommendation - for example, Congressman Nadler's H.Res 111 - I suspect this ...
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Has anyone researched which current/former rules changes would have been subjected to the REINS Act?

Has anyone researched which currently in-force legislation would have been affected by the REINS Act, had it the REINS act been in force at the time? I'm thinking like Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Congress ever refuse to grant an exception to US Code 113(a)?

According to 10 U.S. Code § 113 - Secretary of Defense: (a) There is a Secretary of Defense, who is the head of the Department of Defense, appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with ...