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Is it legal in the US to offer a candidate money to drop off a senate race to run against another candidate?

Hill Harper just tweeted this: I didn’t intend for a private phone call to turn public. But now that it has, here’s the truth. One of AIPAC’s biggest donors offered $20m if I dropped out of the U.S. ...
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Why would voting no on legislation to allow for it to be reintroduced be beneficial?

The US Senate introduced a pair of bills which failed to get past the filibuster 60-vote threshold. In this article and this one, it was indicated that the Senate Majority Leader, changed his vote ...
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Are the threats made by members of the USA's Senate to the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor an abuse of power?

A number of United States senators have signed a letter accusing the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, of politicised attack on Israel as an excuse for issuing arrest ...
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Is there a site where I can check on what Congressperson voted for which bill?

Often, I want to check on how a Congressperson voted on a particular bill, and I see people with the information on who voted for what bill, so I got wondering...is there a site where I can access all ...
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In Massachusetts, if a US Senator resigns midterm, how is their replacement selected?

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, is generally considered a top contender to be Joe Biden's running mate. If she was elected Vice President, she would have to resign her ...
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Why does Arkansas relatively often 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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If POTUS doesn't name a candidate to fill a SCOTUS vacancy, can the Senate fill the seat?

If the President doesn't name a candidate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, can the Senate fill the seat, anyway? If Biden were to win re-election, the Republicans take the Senate, and a Supreme Court ...
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Did SCOTUS have the authority to rule on McConnell's refusal to allow Obama to fill a SCOTUS vacancy?

In 2016, the death of Justice Scalia created an opening in the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced he would not grant a hearing for any candidate proposed by then-President Obama....
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Why are Republicans more likely to support keeping the filibuster than Democrats in the U.S.?

Most Democrats say they'd end it, as a general matter, according to a CBS News poll from Jan. 2022. Two-thirds of Republicans say they'd keep it. But the partisan split appears strongly connected to ...
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Can the Acting President break ties in the Senate?

According to The New York Times, the Trump Administration is not currently planning to invoke the 25th Amendment and make Pence Acting President. But let's suppose they did. Currently, the Senate is ...
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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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What is the meaning of "acting" for position like South Asia director in the NSC? Do non-acting appointments for that have to confirmed by the Senate?

In relation to "Mr. Stuart Seldowitz, Acting Director for South Asia, NSC": what does "acting" there mean in terms of the length of Seldowitz's tenure in that job? Did he have to ...
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Can the California governor appoint a non-resident as Senator?

Dianne Feinstein, longtime California senator, passed away last week. There is still some time left on Feinstein's term, so Gavin Newsome (CA governor) has appointed Laphonza Butler to fill the ...
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Who are all of the "Democrats in Menendez’s chamber" and for that matter, what exactly is a "chamber" in this context?

CNN's September 23, 2023 Rep. Andy Kim announces he’ll run against NJ Sen. Bob Menendez in wake of his indictment includes the following passage: Many New Jersey Democrats swiftly called for the ...
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Why do some US senators, like Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein, etc., last for so long in the Senate?

Is it because they are so good, there is no one better than them and therefore people keep voting for them for decades? Or is it because their respective party deliberately does not put forward anyone ...
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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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Are there any publicly known plans on a lame-duck Senate SCOTUS confirmation vote be held in order to satisfy senators conditions?

Four Republican senators have said that they would not vote on a justice before the election. I am wondering about circumventing the risk of the senators following through on that by holding the vote ...
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How is Senator Tuberville able to block all military promotions?

It has been widely reported that Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville is somehow single-handedly holding up all military nominations and promotions in the US Senate: AP: Why a single senator is blocking ...
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Motion to reconsider a definitive decision

In the United States Senate (and other bodies) there's a thing called the motion to reconsider, which is about taking a second vote on a matter the body has already voted on. In the Senate it's part ...
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What exactly does one do and not do as an independent US senator who "caucuses with the Democrats"?

Politico's June 15, 2023 ‘Blood on your hands’: Duckworth blasts Sinema for pilot training proposal contains the following sentence: Sinema, who caucuses with the Democrats, did not immediately have ...
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Why is 2 U.S. Code § 30b in the statutes at all?

2 U.S. Code § 30b specifies certain Senate procedures involving Senators objecting to proceedings. (It appears that the intent was to make it clear which Senator was doing the objecting.) There is a ...
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How did H.R. 8393 not pass the Senate? [closed]

Who was against it? Surely a majority of Democrats would be in favor of having another Democratic seat, to say nothing of the horrendously undemocratic status quo? Did the Republicans threaten to ...
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Can a discharge petition be used to advance judicial nominations during Senator Feinstein's absence?

Democrats hold a thin 11–10 majority in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Dianne Feinstein is currently absent from the Senate due to health issues. Without her vote, the committee is deadlocked ...
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Why would the Senate Majority Leader vote against their own cloture motion to stop a filibuster?

The record shows that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against cloture for a continuing resolution which would have kept the government open. Despite this, he said that by not supporting ...
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Are there famous examples of left-wing reforms blocked by the French Senate?

The French Senate is often described as a bulwark of the right and of the rural areas, due to the indirect way in which it is elected (more or less by local councilors, as I understand). I've looked ...
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Can the Senate block House Subpoenas?

Does the Senate have the ability to block a subpoena submitted by the house of representatives?
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Why not require a three-fifths majority to pass a bill in the US Senate instead of using a filibuster?

From my reading on the filibuster, I get the impression that the filibuster in the US Senate today is equivalent to requiring a three-fifths majority. Why doesn't the Senate just change the rule to ...
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What would happen in the Senate if the Majority party is divided in their election of Majority Leader?

Currently in the House the Republican party is divided, causing (so far) 8 failed votes for Speaker. My understanding is the House cannot do anything until a Speaker is chosen, so they will just keep ...
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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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How is the minimum age of candidacy for the Senate enforced?

According to this US Senate article, it can be enforced by the Senate. Could the Senate just not remove them? Or would that go to the courts? I remember something-or-other about the sovereign right of ...
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How was Sinema and Tester's amendment able to provide cover while being dramatically unpopular?

Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) wrote an amendment to the Omnibus Spending bill that allowed centrist Democrats to vote against Mike Lee's amendment attempting to continue Title 42 (or, ...
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The House has passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act [closed]

What happens now? When will the Senate vote on it? And if the Senate passes, what happens then?
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Where can I find the Senate vote for Lynn Scarlett to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior?

The Deputy Secretary of Interior is appointed by the President with the advise and consent of the Senate. I cannot seem to find the voting record for this woman who became Deputy Secretary of the ...
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What makes the "Nuclear Option" in the US Senate a precedent that its chair has to uphold?

Let me first sum up what the nuclear option is, as far as I understand it : a cloture vote happens, carrying more than half of the votes but less than the required supermajority. Pursuant to the ...
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Do US Senate election run-offs run ad infinitum?

Watching the events unfold from across the pond (I am a UK citizen) I am keen to learn the systems in place with the elections in the US. I have seen that just like in the 2020 general election (Why ...
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What was the median difference between governor and Senate results in 2022?

I am curious about what the effect of split-ticket voting is/was in 2022. There appears to have been a decent amount of it when Warnock put the Senate election into a runoff and Brian Kemp won almost ...
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If both houses together are called Congress, why does Congressperson refer to members of the House of Representatives?

The US Senate is referred to as the upper house of Congress. And the 'House of Representatives' which is also part of Congress, is referred as the lower house. A member of the US Senate is called a ...
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In which house of Congress of the USA is a bill introduced first?

US Congress has two houses, Senate (called Upper house), House of Representatives ( Lower). When a bill is introduced, which house is it supposed to be first or can it be introduced in either? Are ...
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Is there a public source for US senate amendments?

I've recently come into a discussion about a part of the Inflation Reduction act that was struck by the Senate after Mr. Graham's Point of Order. When I discuss about laws, I always like to have the ...
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Why is Manchin the only Democratic Senator leveraging the 50/50 vote split for the benefit of their state?

In theory, all 50 Democratic Senators can use their vote to demand something from Chuck Schumer or other Congressional leaders. But in practice we only hear about Joe Manchin following this strategy ...
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How was the Senate able to discuss and vote on all the amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act?

The US Senate spent the past weekend debating and voting on the Inflation Reduction Act. This spreadsheet lists nearly 300 amendments that were introduced during this time. How were they able to ...
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Presidential appointments are made with "advice and consent" of the Senate. Are there examples of "advice"?

The Constitution says that Presidential appointments (e.g. Cabinet members, federal judges, SCOTUS Justices) are made with the advice and consent of the Senate. I've seen many hearings and votes on ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

Two Senators are refusing to vote for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, so I was wondering why the U.S does not have a party discipline system. As the name suggests, if a majority of people in a party ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Why would the Senate ever not confirm a SCOTUS nominee? The same President would just appoint someone else, so it will be someone else with the same ideology. Does it basically mean "This person ...
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Does the US public find credible excuses by some Senators that Justices who overturned Roe had misled them in Senate hearings?

Two or even three US Senators have said that [future] justices that ultimately overturned Roe had essentially lied to them, or at least seriously misled them in the Senate hearings on their ...
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What would happen if a Senate nominee dies several months before the election?

According to an article by the Washington Post, Senate nominee John Fetterman's (D-PA) stroke before the primaries was near-fatal. This made me wonder... if Fetterman was to unfortunately die, what ...
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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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Constitutional limits on the Standing Rules of the Senate

According to this comment by @RickSmith: "Congress may not 'ignore constitutional restraints or violate fundamental rights, and there should be a reasonable relation between the mode or method ...
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Why would a Vice President cast a negative vote?

The Constitution allows for the Vice President to vote on an issue if the vote is equally divided. There have been a number of occasions when the Vice President has cast a negative vote, see here. Why ...
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When was the last time a Vice President chose to let a tied Senate vote fail, without using their negative casting vote?

I was reading a recent question on why a Vice President might choose to use a negative casting vote on a tied vote in the Senate rather than just letting the motion fail by withholding their vote, ...

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