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Questions tagged [house-of-representatives]

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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To what extent did the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib reflect a “Sanders effect”?

Left-wing journalist Doug Henwood recently asserted the following about Bernie Sanders: Without his candidacy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] wouldn’t be in Congress, neither would her colleagues ...
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What are the motivations for being against the latest House Bill on Gun Reform?

The H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 cleared the house with some, albeit small, bipartisan support and earned the ire of progressive democrats. The bill started out as, it appears, a ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Reps be replaced?

What are the requirements to replace the speaker of the House?
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Are the “security concerns” for the State of the Union legitimate?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Representatives disinvite the President to the State of the Union address?

Can the Speaker of the US House of Representatives legally rescind an invitation to the President to the State of the Union address? If the speaker merely postpones, is this a valid workaround if it ...
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How To Remove A Senator or Representative [duplicate]

If the people of a state feels a Senator or Representative are not doing the job they were elected to do by the that said state, do the people of said state have any recourse in removing that person ...
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PAYGO rules vs the PAYGO act of 2010

Following the recent uproar over the passing of PAYGO rules by the House of Representatives' democratic majority, I heard it said that "PAYGO rules" are necessary to waive the effect of the "PAYGO law"...
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Why is Beto O'Rourke still a US Representative despite not running for re-election to the House?

O'Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn't he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he ...
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What was the main factor behind the Democratic gains in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

What was the main cause behind the Democratic pickups in House seats? Was it that they were doing something right, either in rhetoric or policy, that the American people liked or was it Republicans ...
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Does the U.S. House of Representatives have the power to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)?

In December 2017, a U.S. federal law opened part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas mining (see article by Randy Showstack, 27 November 2018, EOS). This decision ...
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What powers does the Rules Committee (US House of Reps) have?

My understanding is that the Rules Committee (House of Reps) gets a bill after it comes out of the relevant committee and: schedules the bill for hearing on the floor (date/time) adds special rules ...
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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If an Attorney General tried to defund a special counsel investigation, could the House fund it?

Hypothetically speaking, if an incoming Attorney General wished to stop an ongoing investigation without cancelling it and tried to make the investigation grind to a halt by removing funding, would it ...
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30+ years ago, why was there often a huge split between the presidential and house elections but not anymore?

In 1988, Republican presidential nominee (and incumbent vice president) George H.W. Bush won 40 out of 50 states and a 7.8% margin in the popular vote. On the same day, Democrats in the House of ...
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What does it actually mean for the Republicans to have lost the House of Representatives?

As a non-US person, (German) radio told me the Democrats would now be able to force Trump to publish his tax return and prevent him from funding his wall. That's probably a nice little "haha" for us ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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Why is the consensus that the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms?

I have seen numerous reports that describe how the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Where does this confidence spring from?
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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Why isn't it mandatory for elected members of parliaments to have knowledge on the constitution?

In most democracies, elected members of parliament are representatives of people who elect them. They are also supposed to pass laws, make amendments and perform other functions. Being representatives,...
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Is 46 Republican House members retiring unusual?

I was listening to Pod Save America and they were talking about the upcoming mid-terms and the "fact" that 46 house Republicans are retiring. According to them, that is unusual. Are there 46 House ...
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Is the “pairing” procedure used in the US Congress?

In the UK Parliament, there is a procedure whereby two MPs from opposite sides of the House can agree to both be absent for a vote, thereby preserving the same balance of votes as if both had attended....
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Is it normal for House session videos to error, and are there alternative websites that host them?

I've been looking for the House of Representatives legislative session video on May 23, but when I try to see it I get an error: The system was unable to find the content that you requested. The ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA?

To quote the constitution: No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States I also read that ...
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Why do US House constituencies have numbers instead of names?

In Canada, parliamentary ridings are given names, but in the US, members of Congress come from numbered districts, for example, California's 2nd. For all the states I'm aware of, this also holds for ...
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How to run in the Republican primary against a Republican incumbent for US House?

How can I register as a candidate to run in the Republican primary against a sitting Republican congressman? Is it in the State's Election Board jurisdiction or does the Republican Party decide who ...
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Why does the President propose a budget?

The President's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 has been described as "just a nice book" and "dead on arrival because presidential budgets are always dead on arrival". Similar sentiments ...
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Sitting Senator as Speaker of the House (US)

In the United States a person doesn't actually need to be a member of the House of Representatives to be the Speaker of the House. I'm wondering if it is legal (i.e. constitutional) for a sitting ...
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How often do the US Senate and House of Representatives contradict each other?

Statistically speaking, how common is it for a bill to pass through the House of Representatives and then fail in the Senate (or vice versa)? And what's the historical trendline of their mutual ...
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Minority politics in the US

There are a few USA third party politic questions out there, but I wanted to focus on any mechanism designed to limit 3rd party influence had a minority gov't setup came to be in the USA. Minority ...
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How predictive of the House Popular Vote is the Generic Ballot?

The site FiveThirtyEight has an "updating estimate of the generic ballot, based on polls that ask people which party they would support in a congressional election". My question is predictive of the ...
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Why do US Republicans continually go after cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, social security?

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are called "incentives" programs by some Republicans. These plans were put in place to help those disadvantage and many all ready pay federal taxes. Social ...
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What is the cost of standing for election in the USA?

How much does it cost a major party to contest a seat in the House of Representatives? Uncontested elections to House and Senate are relatively common in the American political system. When a popular ...
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How would the Single Transferable Vote be implemented in the United States? (House and Senate)

I understand how the ranked vote can be used to fill a presidential position, and how that can be implemented in the US. At a high level could the Single Transferable Vote be applied to the House and ...
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What is the meaning of a “symbolic vote” in the House or Senate?

Suppose John McCain voted "yes" on a symbolic vote on a bill, and "no" on the actual bill. What is the meaning and purpose of a symbolic vote? What are the most common symbolic votes to be cast? ...
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How is the final name of a bill decided in the US Congress?

The Senate recently announced its draft health care bill after the House passed it in May. The House version is named the "American Health Care Act of 2017" (H.R. 1628) while the Senate version is ...
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Why did the senate not introduce a replacement to the Affordable Care Act

Why did the Senate, who vowed to make considerable changes to the House passed ACA (Obamacare) Replacement, not introduced their own bill from the start of the process instead of relying on the House ...
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Montana special House election: when will the winner take office?

A special election is being held in Montana on May 25 to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. On what date would the winner take office? I haven't seen this information in any news ...
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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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What is the seating capacity of the U. S. House of Representatives gallery?

How many can sit in the House of Representatives gallery? What are the maximum allowed seatings for the USHR gallery during: A joint session of Congress. A State of the Union address. A public ...
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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 would be the pros/cons of having weighted voting in the House of Representatives?

Currently district sizes can be widely disparate. Montana, with a population of 1,042,520, has one Representative in the House. Wyoming, with a population of 586,107, also has one Representative. A ...
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Different Roles in US House of Representatives

What's the difference between these three? In particular between the second and third one: Representative for a state Delegate for a territory Resident Comissioner of a territory
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Is There a “Pig Painting” Timeline?

On May 6th 2016, Representative Lacy Clay congratulated David Pulphus on his painting "Untitled #1" and at some point the painting made it to Washington where Representative Clay hung it in the Cannon ...
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Date of swearing in US congressmen

What is the date for the swearing in ceremony of newly elected U.S. representatives and senators?
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Is a congressman or senator legally obligated to consider the welfare of “long-term guests” or “frequent visitors” in their district? [closed]

The world is a complex place; if you visit a place a lot or live there temporarily, you can still be affected by its policies. You might still want to complain about these policies if you don't like ...
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Is there a trend or common explanation for House seats won by Republicans where Trump lost?

In fact, House Republicans won in 12 districts where Trump lost. (source) This obviously comes on the heels of the predictions that House elections would be bad for Republicans due to Trump's ...
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How many seats are physically on House floor?

In 10/20/2015 Speaker election, 434 members were present (435 minus Rep. Gregory Meeks [D]), I saw several members brought their kids to House floor but there were still 10+ vacant seats. According ...
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How can House member make up votes if they failed to cast the vote when called?

In Oct 29, 2015 House Speaker vote, Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT] and Rep. Daniel William Lipinski [D-IL] and Rep. Gregory W. Meeks [D-NY] were called but no vote was cast. the voting results only showed Rep....
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Who swears in the Speaker of the House when the speaker-elect is Dean of the House?

What are the rules on this matter? In 1955, who sworn in Sam Rayburn? Sam Rayburn was Dean of the House during January 3, 1953 to November 16, 1961. Where can I find the official records on the ...