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What procedural difficulty forced a revote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

Although the House of Representatives voted for the bill on December 19 2017, "several provisions of the bill violated the Senate's procedural rules, causing the need for the House of Representatives ...
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How far could Congress strip the President of his powers if they so wished?

A lot of the President's powers only exist because they're designated as such by the Congress - such as the controversial power to restrict immigration to the United States by certain groups. But ...
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What happens to Staff when a Congressman Resigns?

Recently a number of high profile Senators and Congressmen have resigned. I believe each of them has numerous staff, both in Washington DC and in their home state / district. What happens to these ...
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Are lawmakers forbidden from bringing their children to the chamber?

There was a recent story in Japan where a parent brought her child to work, but according to the council rules, no-one other than the lawmakers are allowed into the chamber when in session. In the US ...
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Are there any laws that prohibit legislators from voting upon unread bills, or is it a dereliction of duty? [duplicate]

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Before it was passed, at around 10:11pm December 1st, House Minority Leader Schumer said: ... because the bill is laden with ...
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Why are Democrats fighting over Conyers seat in Congress?

I read in the news today that Democrats are fighting over who will take over Rep. Conyers seat in Congress until the next election. I don't understand. The governor of Michigan is a Republican, so ...
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Is there a minimum amount of opportunity to provide for reading a bill to be passed?

The Republican tax plan was just passed, and there's a bit of uproar about the way it was released. Several of the Democratic congressmen have complained they were not able to read it, both because ...
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What happens after Senate tax bill is passed?

My understanding is the house tax bill has already passed. If the senate passes their tax bill, from what I've read, the next step is that the leaders of the senate and house will get together to work ...
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What are the repercussions for introducing an amendment after a bill is passed through committee?

Let's take something like the Farm Bill. Maybe there is an aspect of it that a committee member strongly disagrees with (e.g. decreased support for conservation), but they still need the bill to make ...
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Why does it matter which house of Congress a bill originates in?

The U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Sec. 7) states that: All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on ...
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As a non-U.S. citizen, who can I write to in the U.S. government about a corrupt organization?

I am a South African citizen and was involved in Scientology for some years. I have recently been watching Leah Remini's exposé documentary series on Scientology and I would like to get the Church of ...
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Can someone please explain these numbers and how the Republican won the CA US 21st congressional district in 2016?

I'm looking at some data about the outcome of the 2016 election, and even though I think I'm quite politically tuned in, I must be missing something. My question is pertaining to California's 21st US ...
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In the US, what is the role of and relationship between federal law and state law?

(This is an attempt at a canonical question about an important distinction in US law and politics that is different than many other countries. It was suggested by this comment on another question. I'm ...
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What happens if Roy Moore drops out of the Alabama senate race?

After allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been pressured by many to drop out of the race. What happens if he decides to drop out? Who picks ...
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Do the Republican tax bills meet budget reconciliation requirements and if not why would they be proposed?

Sorry if this question is too specific to the current situation today to be on topic for this site but I do think the question has broader implications for American politics more generally. As of the ...
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Is there any equivalent to the background checks required in professional spheres for those who seek public office?

Every job offer I receive comes with the provision that I pass a background check, to which I have no choice but submit. It was said of one politician that they wouldn't be allowed to work at a 7-...
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Why is US legislation formulated independently by both chambers?

In the US - at the federal and AFAIK the state level - pieces of legislation are put forward in two versions, independently, before the two legislative bodies; each version is discussed, debated and ...
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When was the USPS post office retiree healthcare benefits started?

I discovered in this answer that the United States Postal Service needs a $6B bailout every year due to retiree healthcare benefits, which are separate from its pension fund. What year did the USPS ...
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Can a congressional act change peoples legal names? [closed]

Let's say a liberal beats Trump in 2020; and wins a supermajority in both chambers of congress. Him and his mates want revenge, and their supports do too, so they pass a bill to mess with Mr Trump. ...
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Is America the only country where army officer appointments have to be confirmed by congress?

Are there any other countries where army officer appointments have to be confirmed by parliament/congress?
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Why do the parties insist on single-party solutions when the other party is likely to [try to] undo it when the power changes?

It can seem like the US congress is a ship that rocks back and forth between the two sides (Democrats and Republicans), swaying more violently after each power change. When one side legislates in a ...
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In the US Congress, how is it decided which bills get voted on?

Let's say a Congressman or a Senator wants to introduce a bill in the US Congress. What are the absolute minimum conditions the bill would have to satisfy in order for it to go through an actual vote? ...
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Did Rand Paul discuss why he changed his mind on Repeal and Delay?

Shortly after President Trump took office, Congressional Republicans were planning to pass a "repeal and delay" bill, i.e. a bill which would repeal as much of Obamacare as can be done through budget ...
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Can the Republican Congress pass both tax reform and healthcare reform using the same budget reconciliation bill?

Assuming for a moment that the Senate fails to pass a healthcare bill before the Sepetember 2017 deadline, can they still use budget reconciliation to pass a massive bill that includes both tax reform ...
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Why does Graham-Cassidy have a tight deadline?

A recent article states, "for technical reasons of parliamentary procedure, Graham-Cassidy has to pass by the end of this month, or not at all". Why is this?
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How to know what Congress will be voting on?

I've been trying to search for a type of schedule that will show what Congress will be voting on but can't seem to find any answers. How are the bills that Congress will vote on/discuss per day ...
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What is the “McCaul-Thompson” bill that may be part of Trump's DACA deal?

Today House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement concerning the tentative agreement President Trump made with them last night: President ...
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Trump's recent siding with the democrats on 3 months debt extension - trying to understand a few things

I've read up on it a bit and I think I understand the basics. The 3-month debt ceiling extension gives the Democrats key negotiating leverage in December when the debt ceiling is up for discussion ...
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Weapons exporting process of the U.S?

The US president Donald Trump posted a tweet yesterdays which reads as follows: I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military ...
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What are the 3 Offices of President in America? [closed]

Upon deeper research into the Constitution and Articles of Confederation, I found there are 3 Offices of President. The actual "Office of President" is for the actual sitting President. But if you ...
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What percentage of US Congress/Senate votes are cast according to party lines?

While US congressmen are usually members of the Democratic or Republican party, they are theoretically under no obligation to vote according to the majority opinion of their party. But just how often ...
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If one party controls the house and 2/3 of the senate, what's to stop them taking the presidency?

This pertains to the United States. From my understanding (Wikipedia), the House of Representatives can impeach the president with a simple majority. The Senate can then convict the president with a ...
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What is the point of congress censuring a US president? [duplicate]

Congress has attempted to censure a number of presidents over the years, with the only successful one thus far being Andrew Jackson in 1834 (he removed the Secretary of Treasury, which congress ...
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Reasons Congress would censure Trump and what that'd mean

I have seen and heard of multiple stories about Donald Trump accused of racism and because of what was going on in Charlottesville and his words regarding it. So this brings me to wonder a few things: ...
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Have US presidents changed the majority in special elections after promoting senators to WH jobs?

The US president can change the composition of the senate (and the House) by appointing congressmen to jobs at the White House, who are replaced in special elections. The current president recently ...
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Can POTUS prevent Congress from overriding a veto by ignoring a bill? [duplicate]

A bill to sanction Russia has been on Trump's desk for a few days. If Trump vetos, Congress will probably override. What if Trump never signs the bill AND never vetos it. Would that prevent the bill ...
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Can the US president unilaterally hurt Congress members financially?

Recently, the US president posted yet another tweet, stating that: If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end ...
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Is it possible for a senator to appoint a surrogate to act on their behalf?

Could a lawmaker, like senator John McCain, select someone to assume their duties while they are incapacitated?
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Why did John McCain fly all the way to Washington after brain surgery just to vote no?

Despite being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and having brain surgery, John McCain still managed to fly all the way to Washington to vote on the repeal and replace of Obamacare. ...
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Why does the Congressional leadership sometimes pull a failing bill from consideration and sometimes allow it to fail, even over and over?

I hear it often repeated (sorry, no source) that leadership only allows a bill to be voted upon after they know they have the votes to pass it. Otherwise it would be a waste of time. Frequently, when ...
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Why don't Senate Republicans just pass a blank bill instead of “skinny repeal”?

Senate Republicans are considering voting on "skinny repeal", which most of them insist they do not want to actually become law (because among other things, it repeals the individual mandate with ...
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How long can a vetoed bill sit before congress can no longer use a supermajority to pass it?

In the constitution a supermajority can override a presidential veto. Is there a set time past the motion to veto that congress has to readdress the bill to potentially decide to use a supermajority? ...
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Can a bill that has been vetoed be reintroduced in the same form in a new Congress?

Can a bill that was vetoed by one POTUS be reintroduced in its previous form and sent to the new POTUS? Keeping in mind that we also have a new Congress?
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Has the text of McConnell's “skinny repeal” bill been released?

This Business Insider article details Senate Republicans' plans regarding Healthcare today. First, the Senate will take up a motion to proceed. Then assuming that passes (which is in doubt as I ...
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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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Can US congress nullify or hinder “Major Non-Nato Ally” status of another country?

It is my understanding that US President can designate any nation a Major non-Nato ally after thirty days of notifying the Congress and is not bound to seek Congress' approval for this act as per ...
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Can states nullify the president's pardoning power by making federal offenses state offenses?

Can a state make federal offenses state offenses as well, so that even if the president pardons a criminal for a federal offense, they'll still be on the hook for the equivalent state offense? Edit: ...
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Rules for New Hampshire's 1845 Congressional election

The following are the election results (source): The footnote reads: New Hampshire was entitled to four seats in the 29th Congress (1845–1847), but only elected three representatives. Woodbury ...
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Have any investigators requested the minutes of Trump's Oval Office meeting?

On May 19, the New York Times published a story which said that according to the official White House minutes of President Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei ...
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Are there examples of municipal mayors or alderman/alderwomen or city counsilors who became Federal senators in the US?

Have any representatives at an urban/municipal level gone on to Federal politics?

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