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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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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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Percentage of popular vote indirectly for and against each SCOTUS member [closed]

For each SCOTUS judge, a certain number of Senators supported their nomination. Each senator was elected because he received a certain number of votes. So if we add up all the votes for the Senators ...
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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 ...
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After the nuclear option is invoked, are 51 votes required to move to cloture or just a majority provided quorum is met?

I'm wondering if it's just a majority needed from those present (provided there are 51 senators present in total), or if it's a majority in terms of total senate seats (51)? Is this true even for the ...
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Can a large number of federal judges be confirmed at once in the US Senate?

President Trump has nominated many federal judges for Senate confirmation. As this list from Wikipedia shows, there is a huge backlog of judiciary nominations. For instance, only 20 judiciary ...
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When senators thank the chairman, what are they thanking him for?

I find it weird that on committees, senators say "thank you" to the chairman when they get the chance to speak, or when they cede back time. What are they thanking the chairman for? For example, is ...
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Why does the President appoint the heads of the Federal Reserve Banks?

Isn't the Federal Reserve supposed to be an independent central bank? So, independent of the Legislative and Executive branches? How is it independent if the President & Senate choose who leads ...
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Why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

In light of Rex Tillerson's firing, why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?
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What is public credit?

In a quote by President Hoover referring to a veto, he stated: With the utmost seriousness I urge the Congress to enact a relief measure, but I can not approve the measure before me, fraught as ...
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Why is an unrelated House-passed measure used to start the immigration debate in the Senate?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently moved to vote to open the immigration debate in the Senate. As quoted from this article by CNN, he chose an unrelated bill to be used for the debate. ...
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What power does the Vice President really have?

According to the Constitution, the Vice President is the head of the Senate, but doesn't really explain what that means except to say that he doesn't get to vote except to break a tie. Aside from ...
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Who is Senate Majority Leader if the parties are tied with a 3rd party president?

Since the Senate relies heavily on the majority party's leader, what would happen in the unlikely event that the two major parties are tied in the Senate, and the President/VP are third-party or ...
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Why did Sen. McConnell object to Sen. McCaskill's resolution to fund the military during the government shutdown?

The Washington Post reports that ...Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) made an effort shortly after midnight to get the troops’ salaries and death benefits paid through the shutdown. “I want to ...
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Why did Mitch McConnell vote against cloture for the continuing resolution on 2018-01-19?

The record shows that Mitch McConnell voted against cloture for a continuing resolution which would have kept the government open. He had said Democrats were trying to “hold the entire country hostage”...
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How can a Senate bill bypass committee and directly go to a vote?

According to this tweet from the Democrat Coalition, it seems to suggest that a bill can bypass committee action and be voted on in the Senate, should it obtain a number of cosponsors. A Senate ...
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What actually happened to the FISA reauthorization bill in the Senate?

I was reading this Washington Post article, and saw this line: The Senate voted 69 to 26 Thursday afternoon to start debating the [FISA reauthorization] bill, which would extend for six years the ...
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How did Tax Reform (2017 December) pass with a simple majority in Senate?

Tax Reform is not technically a spending bill, which can otherwise be passed with simple majority. Why has it passed with simple majority instead of 60 votes? Currently senate is waiting on 60 votes ...
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Why is the Senate so much more prominent than the House of Representatives?

In theory, both Chambers of the American Congress hold the same amount of power - one cannot pass a law without the agreement of the other. But in practice it seems that the media is focuses a lot ...
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Can the seating of a Senator be delayed indefinitely?

As Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race yesterday, there are calls by Democrats to seat him immediately. However, Republican Senate leadership mentioned that whoever the winner, he will be seated ...
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Did a Vice President ever cast a tie-breaking vote against his own party?

The Vice President is theoretically allowed to vote according to his own conscience, just as all other members of the Congress. But did a situation ever occur where the Vice President cast a tie-...
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How do US Senate Elections Work?

Do all the votes in a precinct go to the majority candidate (eg winner take all) and then the tallies added up by precinct? Or do they take the simple majority in the state?
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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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What happens if Roy Moore drops out of the Alabama senate race?

After allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been pressured by many to drop out of the race. What happens if he decides to drop out? Who picks ...
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In US law, what means are there to block a nominee approved by the Senate to become a District Judge?

This is about the nomination of Brett Joseph Talley to the position of District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. According to this article in the Los ...
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Why “must” Roy Moore step aside if abuse allegations are true?

Roy Moore is a Republican Senate candidate for Alabama. He is alleged to have committed sexual offences against an underage girl approximately 40 years ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ...
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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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In a federal system, which works better the US senate or the German Bundesrat? [closed]

The US senate members are directly elected by the people while members of the German Bundesrat represent the actual state governments of Germany. My question is: Would it be better or worst if the US ...
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What percentage of US Congress/Senate votes are cast according to party lines?

While US congressmen are usually members of the Democratic or Republican party, they are theoretically under no obligation to vote according to the majority opinion of their party. But just how often ...
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Background or precedent for a political attack on one US senator being an attack on the senate as a whole?

The New York Times article McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency contains a quote that I believe is metaphorical: “When it comes to the Senate, there’s an Article 5 ...