Questions tagged [senate]

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Is there any sense in writing to a (US) Senator or Representative [closed]

In the US, is it at all worthwhile to write/call a Senator or Representative about a legislative issue? Is it likely to have any effect at all? I suspect it's a useless endeavor because of several ...
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Are US Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to “graduate” to the Senate than Reps from poorer districts?

Some members of the US House of Representatives represent wealthy districts, and others represent poorer districts. Are Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to eventually become ...
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Isn’t having unequal numbers of Senators in each class unconstitutional?

The Constitution says that Senators shall be divided equally as may be into three Classes So wouldn’t the current Class 3 consisting of 34 members while Class 1 and Class 2 only having 33 members be ...
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Has there been any accountability for how the Nimitz UAP footage was handled?

So ODNI's June 25 UAP report (requested by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) is out. A mere 9 pages, reaching few substantial conclusions. Here is the Full (unclassified) report. What I am ...
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How may the Sergeant at Arms “compel” an absent senator to attend?

According to the Rules of the Senate (VI.4) (emphasis mine): Whenever upon such roll call it shall be ascertained that a quorum is not present, a majority of the Senators present may direct the ...
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How do Congress members digest 2,000+ page documents? [duplicate]

Today the Senate approved a 2,400-page industrial policy bill aimed at countering China. My question: how do Congress members digest a 2,400-page bill? I would’ve fallen asleep by the 5th page.
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How many current US senators are NOT from political families?

Recently, I've read an interesting article about US political dynasties: It is perhaps not very surprising that so many children of politicians go into politics. After all, it’s daddy’s business. ...
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Can the president of the Senate (Vice president) introduce a bill?

Regarding United States government, I am under the impression that the president of the Senate is (only?) used as a tie breaker in the event of a tie during a vote, but can they introduce bills like ...
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Does the Senate violate Reynolds v Sims?

There was a landmark US Supreme Court case in 1964 called Reynolds vs. Sims. It states that voting districts for state legislative chambers must have equal population in every state. This raises the ...
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Would HR1 pass the US Senate if it only prohibited gerrymandering? [closed]

Would "For the People Act" (aka HR1) get required bipartisan support in the US Senate if it concentrated only on the prohibition of gerrymandering? Which political force is, at the present, ...
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What if the Senate is 50-50 but there is not an incumbent vice president, and can a new vice president take office in this case? [duplicate]

So imagine the following scenario: Biden steps down for some reason and Harris becomes the president, then the senate becomes 50-50 with no incumbent vice president breaking the tie even if the ...
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Why is Chuck Schumer considered the Majority Leader if the Democrats don't have a majority? [duplicate]

Democrats hold 48 seats in the Senate, Republicans 50, with the two remaining seats belonging to Independents. I understand that Kamala Harris is a Democrat and can cast a tie-breaking vote, but her ...
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Is there any publicly available draft of the American Jobs Plan beyond the fact sheet on whitehouse.gov?

The whitehouse released this fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan. However, there are several ambiguities in the plan so I am trying to find a more detailed draft of the plan. The House of Reps has ...
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Understanding Texas legislative process

If a Bill passes the Senate in Texas, does that mean it becomes law as the next step?
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What was the one bill that Republicans filibustered in 2020?

Fox News correspondent John Roberts noted on Twitter that: After @POTUS @JoeBiden denounced the rampant abuse of the filibuster last year, we did some digging. Republicans used it once. Democrats ...
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If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority?

If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority? Targeting State Restrictions, House Passes Landmark Voting ...
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What would happen if the filibuster rule was abolished in the current US Senate?

Active senators from each party at present: Republican - 50 Democratic - 48 Independent - 2 The Independent Senators often align with the Democrats, so many bills end up in 50-50 tie. Without ...
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Hypothetical: Law passes House and Senate with VP tie-breaker. Then president dies before signing

The circumstances of "The American Rescue Plan" made me think of this. Suppose a bill passes both the House and the Senate, but with a 50-50 tie in the Senate such that the vice president ...
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What was the deal struck between Republicans and Democrats to not bring the witnesses in Trump's second impeachment?

It was quite un-natural of Democrats when they had the upper hand of having a witness in Trump's second impeachment trial, to not use the witness. They initially voted to include the witness in the ...
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How do you interpret a “Senate Executive Calendar”?

I am trying to figure out when Deb Haaland will take office as Secretary of the Interior. She was recommended by the committee, so it seems she's basically sure to be confirmed, but when exactly? I ...
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Which governors can flip the Senate as of March 2021?

Currently, the US Senate is split 50-50. If something should happen and one of the Senators die or resign, it's possible that they are replaced by a new Senator from the opposite party, giving one ...
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Can a vote-o-rama continue indefinitely and how can it be ended?

Since yesterday, the Senate has been voting on a series of amendments on the coronavirus relief bill, in a process informally called vote-o-rama. The New York Times noted that it ends only "when ...
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What happens if a Senate Committee is 50-50 split on a nominee?

I know when the Senate itself is split, the Vice President will cast the deciding vote. But in committee hearings where they're voting to approve Cabinet positions (Such as a Department of Security ...
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What is the deal with the U.S. Senate's Parliamentarian?

Recently the role of the Senate Parliamentarian has become a focal point in the upcoming 2021 COVID stimulus package. Specifically, the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled against allowing a $15 minimum ...
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How are members and chairs of subcommittees appointed by their party caucus/conference in the U.S. Senate?

There are many subcommittees in the U.S. Senate. On the third of February, 2021, the committees were reorganized to reflect the new Democratic majority in the Senate. Since then, some subcommittees ...
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US Senate Floor Leaders: What happens if there is a substantial third party? [duplicate]

According to the US Senate's web site, Leadership The floor leaders and whips of each party are elected by a majority vote of all the senators of their party assembled in a conference or, as it ...
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Why is the Constitutionality of an Impeachment and Trial when out of office not settled?

The US Senate has voted 3 times, once in 1876 and twice in 2021, that impeachment and trial of an official who has left office is acceptable. Despite this, Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump in ...
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How does the Democratic Party have a majority in the US Senate?

According to Wiki, Democrats have a majority in the Senate of the 117th United States Congress despite only having 48 seats. Why are the two independent senators being counted as Democrats? Please ...
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Constitutionality of senate trial of “President” without Chief Justice presiding [closed]

Transcript here. Let’s start with the text of the Constitution, which in article one, section two gives the House the sole power of impeachment when the President commits high crimes and misdemeanors....
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Have any Senators boycotted an impeachment vote?

This answer to What would happen if Senators boycotted the Impeachment Vote points out that the Constitution does not compel Senators to vote in an impeachment trial: The Senate shall have the sole ...
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What would happen if Senators boycotted the Impeachment Vote

I know it would take a 2/3rds majority vote in the Senate to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. But what if a substantial number of Senators boycotted the trial, and declined to ...
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What are the modern arguments for state-based Senate seat allocation?

Is there a logical rationale for grouping people by state for federal government representation today (e.g. the US Senate)? I understand that precedent and reluctance to fundamentally alter the US ...
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Why another impeachment vote at the Senate?

I always thought it was a three-step procedure: First, the Congress investigates. Second, the House of Representatives must pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of ...
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Why hasn't the Senate yet passed an organizing resolution for the 117th Congress?

I was perusing Graham shoots down request for Merrick Garland confirmation hearing Feb. 8, when I read Though Democrats have the Senate majority, Graham is still the Senate Judiciary Committee ...
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Why doesn't the President Pro Tempore preside over presidential impeachment trials?

The Constitution specifies that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over impeachment trials of the President. SCOTUSblog says that the reason for this exception is In any impeachment case ...
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Impeachment articles do not expire, but must a Senate trial restart from the beginning if the trial extends beyond the current Senate?

Background According to Is the Senate required to pursue a trial if presented with articles of impeachment?, impeachment articles themselves do not expire as written inside Chapter 27, Part A, Section ...
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Help me to understand what a filibuster is and why it hasn't been abolished [duplicate]

These past few days the word filibuster has shown up everywhere and I'm trying to understand how it relates to McConnell and how it affects the Democratic Senate majority. From my understanding, a ...
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Role of the 'Judge' during Impeachment [duplicate]

What exactly does the Judge presiding over impeachment hearings do? As of now it is clear that John Roberts will not be sitting in for the second impeachment, and Rand Paul and many Republicans have ...
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Why isn't the constitutionality of Trump's 2nd impeachment decided by the supreme court?

Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional As I understand the US supreme court, they rule on the constitutionality of issues. Therefore it seems like the question of ...
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What is this section 179 that was referred to in the hearings on the S.84 authorizing the exception for Gen. Mattis to serve as Sec. Def?

In the Senate committee hearings on granting the exception to Gen. Mattis to serve as Sec Def, Sen./Chairman McCain said: before you is a copy of section 179 of the recently enacted continuing ...
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Have Democrats in favour of abolishing the filibuster said anything about what happens if Democrats were to lose control of the Senate in the future?

Senator Joe Manchin has been consistently opposed to abolishing the filibuster, noting that the filibuster provides for minority input. I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because ...
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What's the difference between a 51 seat majority and a 50 seat + VP “majority”?

The US Senate currently has a 50/50 split of Democratic (D) and Republican (R) caucus members. According to news reports, this has lead to "power sharing agreements" needing to be made ...
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Who swears in the president if all of the sitting members of the Supreme Court are dead? [duplicate]

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is supposed to swear in president-elect of the United States. If there is no sitting Chief Justice, another member of the court would swear the president and ...
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Committee Chairmanship Appointments

I had assumed there was some significance to Bernie Sanders becoming the Chair of the Budget Committee, but it appears to be an automatic assignment rather than a choice by the incoming administration....
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Why does the 50–50 Senate need a new organizing resolution before Democrats can take control of committee chairmanships?

Unlike the House of Representatives where its "rules package" expires at the end of each Congress, the Senate continues to operate on an existing organizing resolution from previous ...
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Which senator largely singlehandedly defeated the repeal of the Logan Act?

A long article on the Logan Act mentions this failed attempt to repeal it, during the Carter administration: After decades of deflecting Logan Act entreaties, an exasperated Department of Justice ...
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Why is it common for senators to not vote on cabinet confirmations?

On January 20th, Avril Haines was Biden's first cabinet confirmation, receiving an 84-10 vote in the Senate. Similarly, Biden's nominee for Defence Secretary was confirmed in a 93-2 vote. Why is it ...
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Is there a contingency if a power sharing agreement cannot be made?

As I'm sure many people know, the Senate is currently in negotiations for a power sharing agreement in a 50/50 body. The main sticking point being a commitment over the filibuster. As I understand ...
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Did the Founding Fathers consider creating something similar to the current filibuster?

In the US Senate, the current filibuster rules mean that, with a few specific exceptions, all Senate business requires an effective 60-vote super-majority to pass. Many people treat this as an ...
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How unusual is a Vice President presiding over their own replacement in the Senate?

Yesterday, new Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the swearing-in of 3 new Senators, including her own replacement. This required her to read a statement which had her own name in it, so she ...

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