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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 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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How can a single member of the House derail a Congressional bill?

I read a news article today that claims that a Congressional bill to provide disaster relief to US communities has been derailed, because a single member of the House of Representatives objected to it....
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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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What can be done about a US president who refuses to co-operate with an impeachment panel?

Is it possible to prevent a sitting US President from hindering an impeachment investigation against him or her? The Washington Post just reported that: Trump personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani ...
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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 there a documented rationale why the House Ways and Means chairman can demand tax info?

The BBC says: House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal said failure to comply with the new deadline would be interpreted as a denial of request. One of Mr Trump's top aides said last week ...
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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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Why did House of Representatives need to condemn Trumps Tweets?

Can someone elaborate on the reason why the House of Representatives needed to pass a resolution to condemn Trump's tweets? Many people in government have criticized Trump's tweets before, but I don'...
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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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Does the House Resolution about the Impeachment Inquiry change anything?

Today (Oct 31) the house passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry. I assume this was not a necessary step as the inquiry was underway before the resolution. Does this resolution ...
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When and why did the House rules change to permit an inquiry without a vote?

This other question asks whether the House requires a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, but several of the answers (including the accepted one) point out that the rules have changed since Clinton'...
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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 does Ambassador Taylor have to do with the Trump impeachment inquiry?

The first open hearing was today, and it was with Ambassador Talylor and Mr. Kent. Why would they need to speak to the Ambassador? He was not involved in the phone call. I mean, he may be the ...
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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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The authority to convene a new House of Representatives

On the wikipedia page for the Clerk of the US House of Representatives, there is a passage: To preserve the legal continuity of the House, the existence of the House is vested in the Clerk at the ...
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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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In the US, what happens if Congressional subpoenas are defied?

In the ongoing attempts by Democrats to impeach Donald Trump, the media reports that the White House has refused to cooperate with the probe. Example. As I understand things now there are witnesses ...
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When did the trend of giving U.S. Congressional bills catchy acronyms first start to occur?

According to The Atlantic, there have been 240 bills proposed in 2013 that were represented by an acronym, such as the ROBO COP bill to help curb automated robot calls and the BEER (Brewers Excise and ...
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What are the consequences if the House of Representatives condemns Trump?

The US House of Representatives is preparing to vote to condemn Donald Trump for the tweets he wrote this week regarding several Congresswomen, which have been widely characterized as racist. Are ...
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Why was the recess in the Judiciary Committee's mark-up meeting controversial?

Over the past few days, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has been meeting to determine the fate of the Articles of Impeachment referred to it by another committee. On Thursday December 12, in ...
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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 has Pelosi not held the impeachment vote the White House is demanding?

It's established that the House does not need to vote in order to being an impeachment inquiry, because a previous House had changed the rules so the committee already had subpoena power. However, ...
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What reasons (if any) were given by Democrats when the Ways and Means chairman requested Trump's tax returns?

This is fundamentally the same question as another one recently asked here, but unlike that (quickly closed) formulation I won't try to [pre]provide any counter-arguments to the Democrats' recent ...
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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 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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Could the Speaker of the House become president if they weren’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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the cost of running in an 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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Can the senate vote to condemn? Is this even an official practice?

Recently, the Democrat-controlled House voted to condemn 3 of President Trump's tweets. This gave me two questions: Can the Republican Senate do the same based on their political desires and Is "...
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How long can the Speaker of the House wait to pass the impeachment to the Senate?

By “dragging feet” in presenting articles of impeachment to the Senate which a majority of the House has voted to present, is Pelosi exceeding her authority?
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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 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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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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What are the US House of Representatives rules on holding a non-cooperating witness in contempt of Congress?

From The Washington Post's ‘We’ve been very weak’: House Democrats decry their oversight of Trump, push Pelosi on impeachment: Several Democrats on the panel privately pressed House Judiciary ...
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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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Would switching to a proportionate House require a constitutional amendment?

A hopefully not-too-long not-too-short background The bicameral legislature of the USA occurred as an early compromise among its founding fathers, between those who believed in individual ownership ...
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Can a House committee member who is willfully disrupting a hearing be ejected?

If a member of a House committee repeatedly interrupts a committee hearing with specious "points of order" or by talking and interrupting without being recognized, is there a process for ejecting that ...
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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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Time management in the House impeachment debate?

I'm watching the "debate" on the articles of impeachment and I am getting confused by the time management. I've seen this question (Controlling Time in the House of Representatives) but am still ...
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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 the idea of governing for one's constituents at odds with good policy?

In the US legislator, the elected people govern to help their constituents. How does this work with governing for the greater good of everyone. Let’s use climate change as an example and assume it is ...
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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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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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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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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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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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Who has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Netherlands?

Wikipedia says If the House of Representatives is dissolved, due to a severe conflict between the House of Representatives and cabinet, or within the cabinet, a snap election takes place as soon as ...