Questions tagged [congress]

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In the U.S., why are most bills that reach the floor for debate in Congress not controversial?

In the U.S., why are most bills that reach the floor for debate in Congress not controversial? I ask because I'm unable to understand whether the committee system allows for the avoidance of ...
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Congress delegating statutory rewriting power?

Does the United States Congress have the power to authorize a court to rewrite a statute to save that statute from constitutional invalidity?
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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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Is It Illegal For The IRS To Target Groups Based On Political Views?

This morning Steven Miller, outgoing IRS Commissioner, testified in front of Congress that it is not illegal for the IRS to target certain groups based on their political ideology: http://www.youtube....
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How did the Senate filibuster rules apply to Sen Rand Paul's filibuster?

I understand the basics of a Senate Filibuster. But after Sen Rand Paul's filibuster on 3/6/2013 he was interviewed by CNN and mentioned: The floor was left unguarded. Was he referring to a ...
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If a bill was referred to a Committee, and died there, is there a way to tell what happened?

In this answer, I linked to a bill that was listed as dead in a Committee. Another user asked what happened to the bill, why did it die and who supported/opposed it (votes or otherwise): Where can I ...
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Why are US laws written in such convoluted formats?

In recent times, the fiscal cliff has become a hot topic in the United States, and its resolution was applauded by both parties in Congress. However, upon reading parts of the actual American ...
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Is there a video online that shows the congressional session which confirms the US Presidential Election?

Normally the sessions of United States congress are available online for review by the public. Are the session(s) which involve the certification of the results of the US Presidential Elections (of ...
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Are all retroactive laws, ex post facto laws?

In the United States, Congress' seeming inability to pass a fiscal cliff bill before the 1/1/13 12:00 AM deadline has sparked discussion that Congress could potentially pass a bill sometime in January ...
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What are the criteria for avoiding the fiscal cliff?

One of the biggest items in the news is that we will go off the "Fiscal cliff" (large amount of tax increases and spending cuts) if Congress doesn't come to an agreement of some kind. My question is: ...
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Why aren't there more representatives in the United States Congress?

The United States House of Representatives has had 435 members since 1911 or so. But the population has increased drastically since then, such that the average citizen is more under-represented now ...
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How do independents choose a party to caucus with?

I know that several independents in the US Senate (ie. Bernie Sanders) caucus with the Democrats. Officially, what does that mean? How do independents choose whom to caucus with (both ideologically ...
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Why does the US Congress have two chambers?

Why does the US have separate houses (House of Representatives and Senate) to form Congress? Put another way, what is the reasoning behind a bicameral legislature in the USA?

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