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A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament.

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Has Ukraine responded in any way to the 2018 letter sent by three Democratic senators?

Trump has raised the issue of a 2018 letter to Ukraine, sent by three US senators (all Democrats) . As CNN summarized this letter: it expressed concern about a New York Times article that said ...
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Has Orrin Hatch elaborated on his vote against the Export Administration Act?

Only three senators voted against the Export Administration Act. He seemed to be supportive of Israel. He wanted to suspend the importation of steel, so it seems like he was not as supportive of ...
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Can the senate majority leader postpone a vote on impeachment? [duplicate]

In an infamous column in the Washington Post entitled Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, it's argued that the senate majority leader repeatedly has postponed bills with bipartisan support so they ...
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Let's say the impeachment procedure reaches the Senate. What next?

Let's assume for a second that the House votes to impeach Trump. This only takes a simple majority, something that they might be able to achieve, depending on how serious the Ukraine allegations turn ...
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Can the Senate ignore impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House of Representatives impeaches a President, can the Senate Majority Leader or Senate leadership just ignore it and not even take it up, or are they required to hold a trial?
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How was voting “present” on the Green New Deal resolution meant to be taken as a protest?

Background Back in March 26th, of 2019, Mitch McConnell forced a vote on the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and later Ed Markey. The vote ended as such: The measure,...
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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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Why are some Senators so insistent on using unanimous resolution to pass election security bills?

Background Recently, Mitch McConnell was the only senator to stop two unanimous resolutions on election security: On July 25th he said “Clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. ...
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How has Angus King explained why he's an Independent?

Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Unlike Bernie Sanders, he is a pretty normal-seeming Democrat, not a self-described democratic socialist. What has he said about his ...
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Are there any restrictions on how amendment should be related to original law in US Senate?

As I understand, When US Senate approves some law, there can be amendments, attached to it. But sometimes, such amendments seem to not relate to the parent law at all, for example: https://...
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Why did Barry Goldwater change from opposing to supporting the Export Trade Administration Act of 1979?

The House modified the bill after it passed the Senate. Goldwater was among three Senators who voted against the bill. Can someone confirm that the modifications that the House of Representatives ...
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Why would a US Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade?

Why would a Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade? What is required to get it going, whatever that voting outcome may be. The example I came across (while reading on Catch-22's ...
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What was the Manchin-Toomey Amendment amending?

Wikipedia says this about the Manchin-Toomey Amendment: The Manchin-Toomey Amendment was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would require background checks on most private party firearm sales, ...
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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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How can a citizen change an existing law — who can the bill be submitted to

its known that in order to make or change a law, a bill is needed which is introduced to congress and the senate etc.... The question: If a citizen is directly affected by a current "unfair" law and ...
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Do Senate committees really ever interview low-level nominees?

Does the United States Senate actually take the time to interview low level nominees like nominees for low military general ranks (Brig. General) or really specific roles that require senate ...
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How can an Australian Senator be removed from office?

There's currently a change.org petition calling for the removal of Fraser Anning from the Australian Senate. Accepting that a change.org petition is merely indicative, and ignoring the specific ...
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Is there a reason why the U.S. Senate, unlike most upper chambers in liberal democracies, is still co-equal to the lower chamber?

The U.S. seems to be the only western democracy where the upper chamber still seems to be co-equal to the lower chamber. In Britain, for example, the House of Lords is essentially close to useless, ...
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How much power does the Senate Majority Leader have?

Following this question: Why is the Senate leader allowed to decide which bills to vote on? - how much power exactly does Senate Majority Leader have? Let's suppose that the Senate is split 51-49 ...
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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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How can the Senate remove the majority leader?

If the senate majority leader is refusing to do his job, can the other Senators vote to expel him or force a vote for new leadership?
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Why is the Senate leader allowed to decide which bills to vote on?

The House of Representatives passed a bill to partially fund the government. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, then came out and said that the Senate would not consider that bill, that they ...
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How many dollars does the US Senate bill keeping the gov't open till Feb 8, 2019 authroize?

The senate passed a spending bill this week which would keep the government open to Feb 8, 2019. How many dollars does that authorize to be spent? Extra credit for anyone who can link the official ...
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Is there precedent for a losing candidate to be appointed to the Senate shortly after the election?

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently appointed Martha McSally, the losing candidate in the 2018 Senate election, to the state's other Senate seat. Is there any precedent since 19131 for a Senate ...
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Are there any states which never had any appointed Senators?

In most states, the governor is able to appoint Senators on a temporary basis. Senator Jon Kyl's appointment was the first in Arizona. Are there any states where no Senators have ever been appointed?
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Are Senators briefed before hearings?

During the hearings with Facebook and Google CEOs, it seems that Senators don't have much knowledge about the basic functionality of social media. I’m wondering if Senators are briefed about the ...
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How does voting in the US Senate work?

There were a number of confirmation hearings in the Senate where Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote. That part is clear to me from the Constitution. Impeachment is ...
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What happens if nominated candidate is not confirmed by the senate?

As far as I understand it the US cabinet is nominated by the president, but the senate has to consent to the nominees. The same applies applies to judges of the Supreme Court. But what happens if the ...
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Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both ...
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What are the repercussions of a poorly designed ballot?

I've been following the Florida senate race, and according to multiple sources, something seems to be off about the votes in a specific district. It mentions that the design of the ballot itself ...
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How can the US Senate bypass the Majority Leader's agenda?

If the US Senate Majority Leader doesn't want to bring a bill to the floor for a vote, are there other mechanisms that would allow the bill to be voted on anyway? If so, what are they?
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Make sense of the NYT Senate totals?

I'm pretty confused by the New York Times' page describing the Senate results (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-senate-elections.html). It says that the Democrats ...
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What would be the effect of a change in the US Senate?

The 2018 midterms seem likely to flip the US House of Representatives from a Republican to a Democratic majority. This change would impact the Trump/Republican agenda. Apparently much less likely, the ...
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Is this remark from Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep.) actually racist?

Recently, there has been a huge debate about Senator Lindsey Graham's statements (regarding the DNA test and Iran) being racist. I'm a native Iranian, but I live in South Carolina and I hear these ...
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When did Elizabeth Warren first refer to her Native American ancestry?

I am assuming that Trump calls Elizabeth warren Pocahontas because at some point in the past she made reference to her Native American ancestry. Is this assumption correct? If so, when/how did she ...
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Why is Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry a political issue?

In the past (perhaps during her Senate campaign), Senator Elizabeth Warren has mentioned that she has some Native American blood in her geneology. For some reason, Donald Trump has accused her of ...
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Impeachment trial proceedings of a Vice President

Since the Vice President is also president of the Senate, what mechanism is there to prevent him from presiding over his own impeachment trial? Article I.3 makes no specific mention of this. Does ...
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Does voting for Kavanaugh really improve Manchin's chances of re-election?

The BBC and Independent reports I've read estimate that Democrat US Senator Joe Manchin's vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the US supreme court may increase his chances to win re-election in West Virginia,...
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What is the US senate mechanism for members to respond to/challenge each other during debate?

I have been following Dutch politics for a while now, and what makes debates interesting is interruptions; When somebody doesn't agree with what a speaker is saying they can step up to the microphone ...
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Who presides over the US Senate on a day-to-day basis?

In the Senate, they always seem to be addressing "Mister President" or "Madame President", and occasionally the presiding Senator says something - but it's never clear who that is (I listen to ...
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Dem anti-Kavanaugh strategy: why focus on sexual assault allegations, as opposed to a blend of issues? [closed]

The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized. ...
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Will Democratic senators be permitted to ask questions of Dr. Blasey Ford?

Acknowledging that the conditions of hearing currently scheduled for Thursday is fluid, so what will actually happen is speculative, I am asking what I think is a process question. Reportedly, the ...
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Do any legislative branches besides the US have a tradition of voluntarily requiring more than 50% of the votes to pass a law?

In the US Senate there's a peculiar tradition where 60 out of 100 votes are required to overcome filibuster, even though constituonally speaking 51 votes (or 50 votes plus the vice president's tie ...
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What was Rand Paul's argument for objecting to the 2017 Montenegro Treaty?

In this video John McCain says Rand Paul, a US Senator, is "working for Putin". I have a few questions about this: Did the treaty pass with bipartisan support? Did Rand Paul explain his reasoning for ...
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Why would filibuster work if opposition has more than enough votes to pass bill?

If the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in the Senate with an overwhelming vote of 73–27, then why would a filibuster even matter? This is my reasoning, which I know is incorrect, hence the ...
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Can I access closed session Senate Foreign Relation Committee transcripts?

A book I'm reading mentions a quote that supposedly comes from a closed session of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee meeting: Senator Albert Gore Sr., an ally of the administration, stated that ...
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What would it take for the Senate to auto-consent to an appointment?

This question and some of its answers got me thinking: What would it take for the Senate to make a rule so that its own (future) inaction on an appointment caused that appointment to be confirmed ...
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Abstaining from Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

What would be the effect of an abstention vote by four US senators on a question of whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, if the result were that there were only 49 votes in favor of confirming ...
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Hostile answers during US Supreme Court Senate confirmation hearings

My question is: Does it help or hinder to answer questions with hostility during United States Supreme Court Senate confirmation hearings? There are many examples in real life where a senate asks ...