Questions tagged [senate]

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Does a vice president retain their tie breaking vote in the senate during an impeachment trial if it is the vice president being impeached?

If the vice president is the subject of an impeachment, does the vice president have a vote in the senate trial of which they are the subject? Note: The constitution only mandates that the Chief ...
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Can the Senate Majority Leader reconvene the US Senate early during a recess?

It has been unclear as to how the Senate would be able to reconvene in order to convict/acquit Trump, or at least start his trial before 1 p.m. on January 20th, which is the date and time that will ...
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Can the senate Democrats now force a trial with witnesses, and compel Trump to give testimony?

President Trump has been impeached for a second time, in January 2021. Now the trial goes to the senate. Now that the Democrats have control of the senate, can they compel witnesses to give testimony, ...
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When will Chuck Schumer become Majority Leader?

I'm not from the USA myself and I'm trying to understand the transfer of power following the Georgia Run-off elections for the senate. So far in my head I've got the following: Joe Biden is the ...
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Can the senate now vote to bar Trump from standing again? [duplicate]

It looks the senate will not hold an impeachment trial very soon. But can they vote by simple majority to bar Trump from ever standing for president again?
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Does the Senate need supermajority or just a regular majority to prevent a convicted President from running for office again? [duplicate]

The Constitution allows the Senate to punish an impeached President with prevention from holding an important office in the future, do they need 2/3rds of the Senate to do this or 2/3rds for a ...
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Have there been any instances where both of a state's Senate seats flipped to the opposing party in a single election?

The Democratic candidates flipped both of Georgia's Senate seats, previously held by Republicans, in the 2021 runoff elections. Such a situation where both Senate seats of a state change party in a ...
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What are the powers of the Chairman of the Senate Budget committee

There is a lot of Buzz about Senator Bernie Sanders becoming the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. The question is, though, what powers does he actually gain when he takes up the Chairmanship?
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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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Which aspects of US Senate structure 18th and 19th century can be seen as “concessions to the planter class” and to slavery?

From the recent interview of Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by NPR reporter Audie Cornish Former Senator's Staffer On What Senate Might Do In Response To ...
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Can the Senate Majority Leader change during a Congressional term? [duplicate]

With the change to the Alaska primary rules, and her recent denunciation of President Trump's actions inciting the recent violent riot/insurrection, a few (although I have yet to see particularly ...
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Did Loefller or other any other senator sign the objection to Georgia's certificate and then withdraw it, or did they not sign it in the first place?

The objections to Georgia, Michigan, Nevada certificates were only signed by members of the House of Representatives, but by no Senator, unlike those regarding Arizona and Pennsylvania. The objection ...
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Does the US Congress have an official alternative gathering location in case the Capitol building becomes unavailable?

Right now there are images of the US Senate being occupied by protestors, which obviously makes it impossible for the Senators to gather there. Is there an official designated spot for situations like ...
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Is there formal protection against Pence reading arbitrary slates of electors?

Based the answers to this question, and reviewing this one too, I get that Pence, as President of the Senate, will read each state's slate of electors, and those electors can be eliminated only by a ...
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Why was Warnock's election called while Ossof's wasn't? Aren't they both on the same ballot?

Does this mean that a voter voted for Warnock but not Ossof? I am confused since I would think they appeared on the same ballot and the tallies for candidates would be made at the same time the ...
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Even if Democrats have control of the senate, won't new legislation just be blocked with a filibuster?

According to Wikipedia: Filibuster is a tactic used in the United States Senate to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote by means of obstruction. The most common form occurs when one or more ...
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Senatorial Class I, II, III races; Special Elections; & Georgia

2020 was an unusual year for Georgia elections because they voted on both of their Senate seats after Senator Johnny Isakson's resignation in 2019 triggered an off-year special election between his ...
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Does a tie in the Senate require the vice president to always be present in the Senate?

Would the vice president be required to always be in the senate chamber in order to break ties? If not, how often must she be there -- or does she need to be there at all to vote her tie-breaker vote? ...
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What events can occur in the electoral votes count that would overturn election results?

What series of events would specifically need to occur on January 6 (when Congress counts the 2020 electoral votes) so that the election is overturned? I know there's a remote possibility something ...
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What happens if the Vice-President were to die before presiding over the official electoral college vote count?

The President of the US Senate (who is the Vice-President ) is responsible for presiding over the electoral college's votes formally in a Joint Session of Congress. However, what if the Vice-President ...
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Tied Senate with no VP?

Suppose the Democrats win the Georgia runoffs, and suppose further that something happens to Biden or Harris in the next two years (say one of them succumbs to covid), so that the vice presidency ...
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What is the constitutional basis of the Senate majority leader's power to call issues to a vote?

Framers of the Constitution, such as Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, spoke out against the concept of parties, and the Constitution does not mention them. See for example https://www.history....
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What to do if the senate blocks all nominations?

My question is specific to USA politics. In USA officers and judicial nominees are often subjected to senate confirmation. However, it seems in today's polarizing climate this can effectively break ...
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What prevents a single senator from passing a bill they want with a 1-0 vote?

As a follow-up to this question, the answer there indicates that by the rules set by the Senate, a quorum is assumed to be present unless someone requests a roll-call vote. Because of this rule, the ...
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If elected, when would Ossoff and Warnock take office?

The Georgia runoffs are scheduled for January 5th 2021 with early voting happening as I write this. But it's never been discussed when those senators could take office if they get elected. So, when do ...
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Would it be advantageous for Senate Democrats to motion for a vote challenging the election results? [closed]

On Monday, Mitch McConnell warned Senate Republicans not to challenge the election results. My thinking is that he is concerned that no matter which way Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly ...
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Why do Cabinet members need to be confirmed ? (except for the line of succession)

Two current members of the Cabinet are currently unconfirmed, one being SecDef and the other being vacant for more than a year now, and it doesn't seem to cause any problems. Why would a president ...
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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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Can the VP technically take over the Senate by ignoring certain precedents?

Here's an article about possible "hardball" tactics Democrats could use under Biden/Harris, if they don't get control of the Senate: https://reason.com/volokh/2020/12/11/potential-...
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Is there a difference between a tie-breaker and a regular vote?

In the United States Senate, if there is a tie in a vote, the vice president breaks that tie. According to the senate.gov website, the vice president cannot vote except when breaking a tie. Is there ...
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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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Who will be Georgia's senators from January 3rd 2021 until the results of the January 5th runoff elections are known?

The 20th amendment to the constitution of the USA states The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at ...
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Why hasn't the filibuster been removed?

In the US senate, there is a rule called a filibuster that allows a minority to block a bill by endlessly debating an irrelevant/arbitrary topic and a simple majority wouldn't be enough. Why wasn't ...
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What is the reason for the date of the Georgia runoff elections for the US Senate?

On Election Day 2020, both US Senate seats for Georgia were up for election. However, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, and so both races go to a second round. This runoff election will ...
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Could Senator Harris ask for a briefing from Cabinet members?

Location: USA At this moment, it is widely reported that the curent president has ordered cabinet secretaries and executive department heads to not participate in any transition activities with the ...
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Why did Maine vote to re-elect Republican Senator Susan Collins? [closed]

In the 2020 election, the majority of voters in Maine voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Wouldn't Biden supporters want to make it easier for him to enact his policies by having ...
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Why are there run-off elections in Georgia this year?

I was surprised to hear that run-off elections were to take place in Georgia. Presumably this is part of a system of "proportional representation", whereby in circumstances where there are ...
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What legal avenues are there for a foreign national to aid a US election? [duplicate]

putting it bluntly: suppose I as a Belgian citizen want to help the Democratic party win the 2 Georgia Runoff elections because it would help the entire world to have an undivided US government (for ...
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Is it possible for a president to circumvent the senate confirmation process by selectively firing some of the existing cabinet members?

The Senate has to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing. If the existing head of a cabinet is fired, acting heads are typically assigned based on a line of succession. In this ...
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Would the remaining votes help Al Gross in Alaska?

According to stats I got from NBC News at the time of writing this, Dan Sullivan is leading over Al Gross by ~54k votes, while there are ~200k votes left to count. Doing some rough napkin math, that ...
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Could Biden appoint Mitch McConnell to a Cabinet position in order to remove him from the Senate?

Assuming Biden wins but does not have a majority in the senate, could Biden appoint Mitch McConnell as say, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in order to remove him from his position as Senate ...
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Can the Democrats eliminate the filibuster with 50 votes?

It seems like the maximum number of seats the US Senate Democratic caucus will obtain is 50. This means that they would be able to pass legislation using the VP to break ties, assuming there is no ...
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Correlation between presidential & senate 2020?

I am curious about the correlation between Senate and President. I have found that Susan Collins winning by a relatively large margin appears to be an outlier. The senate races seem closer to the ...
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Is splitting states to rebalance the senate really a viable strategy for the Democratic party?

The US senate is frequently controlled by the Republican party because they have the support of many smaller population states, so that even if the Democratic party has more supporters overall, they ...
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Couldn't the Senate Democrats have stalled the SCOTUS vote using impeachment?

I was interested to learn more about the procedures for impeachment and while going through the Senate rules, I found it odd that it stated that any articles of impeachment that are sent to the Senate ...
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What was the highest amount of senate seats that the USA GOP and democrats controlled in history?

Have either party controlled 60 seats or more? If not what was their highest count?
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Is the SCOTUS confirmation hearing anything more than a grandstanding opportunity?

I listened to the first day of Senate confirmation hearings today for SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Today was just the opening statements by all the members of the Judiciary Committee, and nothing ...
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Why does Arkansas sometimes fail to field major party candidates for US Senate elections?

In the 1966 US Senate election in Arkansas, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 1990, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 2008, no Republican Party candidate ran. In 2020,...
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Does John James support Trump walking away from corona relief negotiations?

I was reading about a US senate candidate for Michigan named John E, James. A campaign website paid for by the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee makes the claim that he supports Trump ...
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Historical record of Senate primary vote total predicting statewide presidential result

I was thinking about a potential swing state (Georgia) and the fact that the Democrats got 8 percentage points more votes than the Republicans. I was thinking about the historical accuracy of this as ...

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