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Is there a procedure to recall US Senators?

I live in Colorado. Is there an procedure to recall a senator or representatives in Congress in my state? What are the steps in executing that procedure?
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Do Republicans intend to put policy riders in the next appropriations bill?

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, under the leadership of budget chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, recently agreed on a budget deal which specifies government funding levels for 2014. Of course,...
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What portion of the Affordable Care Act originated in the House?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. In Justice Roberts opinion, he declared that the individual mandate ...
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When the rules are suspended in the house, what exactly are those rules?

I am making a political website, and I have data on all of the roll call votes of the 113th congress. The roll call votes have several categories, and one of them is passage-suspension. In regards ...
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Can I recall my US Senator or Representatives in Congress in the state of Utah? [duplicate]

I live in Utah, Is there an proceedure to recall a senator or representatives in Congress in my state? What are the steps in executing that procedure?
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How can a bill pass the US Senate by a vote of 3-0?

The Palm Sunday Compromise was a bill which passed the US Senate by a vote of 3-0, 97 not present. How is it possible for the Senate to conduct business with the overwhelming majority of its members ...
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Is House Resolution 368 Permenant?

US House Resolution 368 amended Clause 4 of standing rule XXII of House Procedures and was passed on September 30th, just before the government shutdown took effect. It prevented members other than ...
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How does President Obama spend money without a budget?

Since Obama took office, the House has submitted budgets every year. The Senate has not approved a budget for the past five years, which they are mandated to do. This is why we have continuing ...
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How often does Senator McCain vote against his own party?

Senator McCain was Republican candidate for presidency in 2008, so perhaps plenty of Republicans (at least in states with closed primaries) felt that he represented their views. Is there any actual ...
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Did they measure the response difference between ways to contact congresspeople?

Conventional wisdom says that it's better to snail-mail (send a paper letter) a congressperson, since paper mail is given "more weight" than email. I would like to know if someone actually did a ...
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Is the House responsible for deciding what to fund in the government and is this usually done with “mini-CRs”?

The House has passed multiple continuing resolutions to attempt to end/avoid a 17% partial government shutdown. House Republicans on Wednesday night succeeded in passing three measures to reopen ...
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Why is the Speaker of the House able to stop a vote on a clean spending bill?

The President claims that the House Speaker, John Boehner, is refusing to allow a vote on a so-called "clean spending bill" which many believe actually has the votes to pass (see for example http://...
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How does a government shutdown happen?

So, It seemed as though an act or lack there of from congress caused this "Government Shutdown" to happen. My question is: What specifically has to happen for a government shutdown to happen? ...
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What are the legal requirements to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives?

The Speaker of the House in the US is not legally required to be an elected member of the House. For example, recently Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) suggested Colin Powell for the role. Given that, are there ...
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How many votes is a senate supermajority when there are vacancies?

If there are vacant seats in the senate such that 3/5ths or 2/3rds of the duly-chosen and sworn senators is not a whole number, how is a supermajority rounded? e.g. If there are only 99 senators, 3/...
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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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