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Questions related to the policies or governance of a House of Representatives (typically a lower house in a bicameral legislature or the only chamber in a unicameral legislature). Use with a relevant country tag.

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What allows the House of Representatives to fine its members and is there precedent for doing so?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some House members are proposing a fine for members who bypass the security protocols of the House or fail to wear a mask on the floor. Lawmakers will be fined $500 on a ...
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Is there a public record for when the Speaker of the House of Representatives is present? [closed]

Does the House of Representatives make available publicly a record of when the Speaker of House is present or not by date of house activity?
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How does the Speaker of the House know who's who?

In the US House of Representatives, when a member rises to be recognized the Speaker (or whoever is presiding at the time) always addresses the member as the gentleman/woman from (a particular state). ...
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Can Impeachment votes be filibustered?

If a few members of the House of Representatives who opposed impeachment were to attempt to filibuster the impeachment, could they or are there any internal house rules that would prevent this?
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What powers does the speaker of the House of Representatives have?

What official and unofficial powers does the speaker have personally and what powers do they have that require other members’ approval?
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Who chooses the ‘Designated Survivor’ at events such as the State of the Union?

A ‘Designated Survivor’ is chosen for major events that most Cabinet members attend, such as the State of the Union addresses. This is done to ensure the continuity of government during emergencies. ...
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Can the impeachment II happen before January 20?

In the (very) recent news, due to the violent January 6 events at the Capitol, the Speaker of the House threatened impeachment if the President doesn’t resign soon. According to her, "the ...
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Why can members-elect vote for Speaker of the US House of Representatives?

Nancy Pelosi has just been re-elected to the Speakership in the US House of Representatives, and will be serving her fourth and final term as Speaker there from now until, presumably, the third of ...
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Aspects of the September 24, 2020 US House Energy Bill that US Rep. Kinzinger characterized as “barriers to energy use and development”?

The October 7, 2020 video Kinzinger: Addressing the Issues of Clean Energy, Now and for the Future #NuclearMatters on US House member Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) YouTube channel discusses a "partisan ...
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Can Kevin McCarthy realistically be elected Speaker of the House, albeit temporarily?

There are various articles floating around noting that incumbent Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces "tight margins" for the Speaker's election, especially since the coronavirus pandemic may force ...
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How is a vacant House seat filled in Louisiana?

With the passing of Republican congressman-elect Luke Letlow to COVID-19, how will his seat in the House of Representatives be handled? Is it appointed? Is there a snap election?
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Where can I find shapefiles of US counties and districts?

I am interested in creating some nice plots of election results from this and previous election cycles. I am wondering if there is a publicly available database or website that contains shapefiles of ...
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Why is a 2/3 vote required for the Dec 28, 2020 attempt to increase the stimulus checks to $2000?

From a Bloomberg article on December 28, 2020: The House is set to vote Monday to replace the $600 stimulus payments in the newly enacted pandemic relief law with the $2,000 President Donald Trump ...
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Why does Puerto Rico have representation in the house, but not in the senate?

Puerto Rico has representation in the US house, albeit non-voting. Only having the right to speak and debate on the floor and votes in committee. But why does Puerto Rico not have coinciding ...
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What is this stalemate on Covid relief payments all about? [duplicate]

Trump said he wants to raise the size of payments to $2,000, the Democrats are all for it, but the Republicans still block it. What is the disagreement? There was also something with foreign aid that ...
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What is required to put a proposed law to a vote by the US house of representatives?

Suppose a member of the US (federal) house of representatives has authored a proposed law (a.k.a act?) and wants the house of representatives to vote on it. What are the conditions (or different sets ...
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Is “The West Wing” accurate when a spouse takes over following a Representative's death?

Season 1, episode 6 of The West Wing, “Mr. Willis of Ohio”, features the titular Mr Willis, who is a school-teacher temporarily filling the seat of his recently departed wife in the House of ...
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How much time does it take for Australia to count votes in general elections?

For those who don't know, Australia uses ranked-choice voting for both the lower house (House of Representatives) and upper house (Senate) elections. I can't help but wonder the logistics of the vote ...
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Is a party which controls both the senate and house guaranteed to win the presidential election? [closed]

As I understand it, when electoral votes are counted, an objection to some votes can be raised by one senator and one representative. If this occurs, then the house and senate convene (separately) ...
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Why did California shift towards the Democrats in 2020 for the House statewide compared to 2016?

When comparing swings between 2016 and 2020 in presidential and statewide House, one state stood out to me: California. President: Republican +0.9% (Clinton by 30.1 -> Biden by 29.2) House (18-20):...
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Rita Hart (2nd District Iowa) appeal. How many precedents were there?

I have just come across the article about Rita Hart appeal of the race to U.S. House in Iowa's 2nd congressional district. Particularly I was surprized by the sentence: Given that, she said, she is ...
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Did House Democrats “win the Electoral College” in 2020?

House Democrats appear to have underperformed Biden again. This is the third time in a row that Democrats got a lower % of the two-party vote than their presidential candidate, though the difference ...
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Why did the Republican shift in South Texas not fully show down-ballot?

I was looking at House results for the 2020 election, and I found one thing that stands out to me. When comparing the 2020 House elections to the 2020 presidential election in South Texas, the shift ...
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Choosing US House delegation by winner-take-all statewide vote?

I was thinking about a method to choose House delegations. The party with the most votes gets its slate/list of candidates put in. These candidates are voted on in a districtwide primary popular vote. ...
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Did Democrats win the House in 2018 because of high Democratic turnout? [duplicate]

In 2018, it was noted that turnout was exceptionally high for a US midterm election. The number of Democratic votes cast in 2018 was up 70% against 2014, which had exceptionally low turnout. It is ...
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Presidency and houses majority different - USA

Between 1955-57, the POTUS was Mr. Dwight Eisenhower who belonged to the Republican Party. But, at the same time, the majority of both the senate and House of Rep. belonged to the Democrats. How ...
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How many congressional districts produced a split result in the 2020 House and Presidential elections?

I was trying to find out more about districts who voted for one party for president and the other for House. We have data on this for 1972 to 2016. I am asking because I'm researching polarization. ...
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Can Trump use lawsuits to stop the electoral college from voting in order to use the House to install him as President?

Some news sources (like zeit.de, in German only, sorry) report that Trump could use a large number of lawsuits to keep the Electoral College from voting on Dec 14th. As I understand it, all legal ...
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In case of an electoral college tie, can a regular House vote prevent the “en bloc” House vote from happening?

Should neither candidate for president get to 270 votes in the electoral college, the twelfth amendment to the constitution specifies that the House of Representatives "shall choose immediately&...
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What happens to US representatives after a redistricting?

The US has a census every 10 years and the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are apportioned to reflect the population change. Sometimes states lose seats. New York state had 45 seats in the ...
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Why does Washington DC elect a Delegate to the House AND a United State Representative?

I live in Washington DC. Here's a sample ballot (PDF). We vote for a Delegate to the House of Representatives. The incumbent, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is a local celebrity. Why do we have a separate ...
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What percentage of voters lived in a precinct where Republican house candidate got less than 5% of the vote in 2016 and 2018?

I am interested in "Republican free zones". They are seldom completely Republican free, but they are called such because you could have 10 neighbors and not know a single Republican voter. ...
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In which congressional districts were there more votes for the Democratic candidate in 2018 than in 2016?

I was thinking about the turnout of the 2018 House elections and it looked like that was a presidential election level Democratic turnout from the standpoint of House of Representatives. It even beat ...
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What is the political reason for the U.S. House to adopt a resolution that essentially reaffirms the Constitution?

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution, H.Res.1155, committing to the peaceful transfer of power after the election. The Resolution text is fairly short: Resolved, That the ...
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Can the House change how the contingent vote for President works?

If the electoral college is deadlocked, the House elects the president. However, each state gets 1 vote, so Massachusetts gets 1 vote despite being much smaller than Texas, for example. At present, ...
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In the United States, why aren't both legislative chambers involved in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

I'm following the situation around the recent Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a non-American, what's strange to me is that confirming a new SCOTUS Justice ...
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What happens to the House bills, being held up in the US Senate, if the majority shifts after an election? [duplicate]

At the time of writing there are 500 odd house bills, being blocked from coming to the senate floor. Let's say at the next election the Senate (and for fun the House) majority shifts to the opposite ...
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What was the tipping point state in the 2018 House elections? [closed]

If there were a Presidential election in 2018, and everyone voted for the same party for the Presidency as they did for the House, what state would provide the 270th electoral vote for the winning ...
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Is the tendency for mail-in voters to support incumbents in primary elections due to a 'red shift'?

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed something interesting in the primaries, especially in New York. I noticed a "red shift" where mail-in ballots favored the incumbent. What I mean by ...
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How did the Democratic Party control the House so continually from 1956 to 1996?

I saw this picture that shows the partisan divide of the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party had a lot of control back then in the House. This was even during the landslides of 1972 and ...
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Representatives of districts that are 50 to 65 percent Hispanic by party?

I was thinking about congressional districts. I found that there was one type of majority-minority district that could be plausibly represented by a Republican. These are districts between 50 and 65 ...
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Precincts where GOP House candidates got <1% of the vote in 2018?

I was thinking about this question about the 2016 presidential election. I was thinking about the results of the 2018 midterms. I was thinking about that question, but a little bit differently as like ...
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How many minority-majority districts are there?

I want to know more about minority-majority districts. How many of them are there, and what percentage of minority-majority districts are represented by Democrats in the House of Representatives? It ...
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How does the US House of representatives “read” 1.3 million documents?

It is currently widely reported that the US House of representatives has collected on the order of 1.3 million documents as part of its current antitrust investigation of large tech companies. Is ...
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If the US Senate votes to not pass a bill, can the House of Representatives overrule that vote?

Background: During a conversation about politics, I mentioned that one party in the US might try to amend the Constitution so that, should a bill pass the House of Representatives but be voted down in ...
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What was the closest House of Representatives popular vote total ever?

I am curious about the popular vote for the House of Representatives over time. What was the closest popular vote in terms of percentage points in a House election nationally? For context, the closest ...
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Least amount of time US government needs to pass a law?

Assuming control of both House and Senate, but this is a bill opposed by opposition, and leaving aside fast-track procedure what is the fastest this can be done? I am thinking this is dependent on gag ...
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Why the waning likelihood that Congress will approve legislation this year to address racial bias?

Two policing bills were put to a vote in the last two days: This one that was blocked by Senate Democrats yesterday and this one that was passed by the House last night but will be blocked by the ...
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Was the Democratic vote less efficient in 2018 than in 2016?

In 2016, Donald Trump won the election despite losing the popular vote by about 3 million votes. This is because the Republican vote was distributed efficiently in the Electoral College. The map ...
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Democratic gerrymander in California to remove as many Republican seats as possible? [closed]

I am curious about gerrymandering. In California, there are 53 House seats. Of those 53, only 7 are held by Republicans. I know this won't happen for political reasons. But, is there a picture of a ...