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Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

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Mexico indirectly paying for the wall

Donald Trump has indicated that the proposed USMCA means that Mexico would indirectly be paying for the wall many times over. What I don't understand is how, even if the trade is more beneficial to ...
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Why were US Congresional election results regularly overturned in the early 20th century?

This graphic from a FiveThirtyEight article shows dozens of Congressmen were removed from office during the first four decades of the 20th century due to having election results overturned. Why was ...
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Can the Vice President force the Senate to vote on something?

My understanding is the Vice President is constitutionally the president of the Senate, although they now usually only preside when a tie-breaker is likely to be needed or when required (e.g. counting ...
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Are there any details as to where the $5,710,357,000 to fund part of Trump's wall would come from?

Last month the House of Representatives passed a temporary spending bill relating to Trump's border wall, which I believe is the following: Sec. 141. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act,...
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Have a large number of Congressmen announced voluntary retirement like they did after the 2016 elections?

What seems to be an abnormal number of Congress members mostly in the GOP announced voluntary retirement after Donald Trump was elected in 2016. I was unable to find another example of this strange ...
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Are there any assumptions on how long the US government shutdown is bearable for the unpaid employees?

I know that the government employees will be paid for their work during the shutdown after it has ended. However in the meantime they have to live on savings or on borrowed money. Where I live (not ...
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Why did Trump willingly take blame for shutdown? [closed]

It is hard to say that the shutdown is due to one particular party only, despite the claims made by Democrats and Republicans alike. The truth is that either party has the choice to concede and end ...
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Has CPB developed metrics for the ability to assess the contribution of fencing to border security?

This question does not ask about the monetary cost of constructing a wall, fence or other physical barrier. According a to U.S. Government Accountability Office report published in February 2017 ...
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Who are the 'establishment' in US Politics and what is their agenda?

It is often claimed that US foreign policy is essentially guided and handled by the 'establishment' or an 'elite'. It is implied that these individuals are extremely influential and often unelected. ...
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Why is minimum wage not tied to the cost of living?

I often heard minimum wage discussions and typically a single figure is presented (where I live it is the gross monthly value, elsewhere I hear about the gross hourly rate). However, there are great ...
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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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Would it be possible for US asylum applicants to be processed in their home countries?

As I understand it, applicants for USA asylum are required to initially processed either in the US or at a US port-of-entry. (Persons seeking refugee status are processed differently- the focus of my ...
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What exactly constitutes a “religious test” as defined in the US Constitution?

Article 6 of the US Constitution states that no "religious test" can be required for any office or public trust. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several ...
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What anti-semitic slur did Rashida Tlaib use?

On the front page of foxnews.com, there's the article titled Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-semitic slur... [link: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rashida-tlaib-accused-of-anti-semitic-slur-days-after-...
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How frequently do prime time presidential addresses occur?

The Trump administration has requested airtime on major networks for President Trump’s prime-time message regarding immigration. The major broadcast and cable news networks CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, ...
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How many Americans are actually uninsured?

NBC News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders has the following response to House Democrats' PAYGO rules: "At a time when climate change threatens our planet, when our infrastructure is crumbling, when ...
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PAYGO rules vs the PAYGO act of 2010

Following the recent uproar over the passing of PAYGO rules by the House of Representatives' democratic majority, I heard it said that "PAYGO rules" are necessary to waive the effect of the "PAYGO law"...
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Do any members of Congress support a British-style socialized healthcare system?

A number of Democratic members of Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders being the most prominent, support a Canadian-style single-payer system where doctors and hospitals are private, but health insurance ...
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What happens if a government shutdown lasts long enough for the current appropriations for essential services to run out?

Based on a comment by mcalex on How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?: Only non-essential services are shut down atm. None of the answers seem to talk about what happens once ...
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If conservatives don't like government, why don't they like the shutdown?

As far as I know, I have repeatedly heard a conservative stance arguing in favor of reducing government spending. But, at the same time, it appears as though politicians from across all aisles want to ...
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What happens to government workers who had applied for days off during the shutdown period?

I'm assuming the following 1) That Congress will pass a bill that includes backpay for furloughed workers. Some might want to debate whether this will happen or not but going by historic precedent ...
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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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What happens if the House passes an identical CR to the one the Senate recently passed? [duplicate]

On December 20, 2018, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open. It did not include funding for a border wall. Rather than make it to the House floor though, there were ...
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What are the Republicans' arguments for blaming the Democrats for the shutdown?

The President and other Republicans have been casting blame on the Democrats for being responsible for the current government shutdown. If Republicans had a majority in the House and the Senate at ...
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How many Republicans from non-Democratic states would have to side with Democrats to override Trump’s veto?

I'm just curious how hard an override of the veto to restart the goverment is? Let's say the goverment shutdown keeps going, grows less popular, and neither Trump nor the Democrats are willing to ...
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Why are Republicans (Trump, Graham) going all-in on border security funding when they most likely won't get it? [closed]

Trump was not able to get (enough) border security funding, and so due to that disagreement, the government shut down. In particular, the Senate approved a bill without that border-funding, but the ...
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Why does a US government shutdown have a specific beginning time?

From coverage about government shutdowns, I have gathered that these always begin a specific date/time "when the government runs out of money". But, if it were just running out, surely the beginning ...
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How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

The US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding. Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my question is simply, what happens if ...
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Is the NBIB affected by the 2018-2019 government shutdown?

Background The National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) is a government agency within the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is important for people in the United States ...
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Allocation of government revenue for campaign spending [closed]

I was thinking about the following and I am interested in other peoples opinions on potential effects. What if the US government where to pass legislation that allocates money for political candidates ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

I have experienced the carelessness of the government bureaucrats. The assurance of them not losing their jobs no matter what, makes them behave utterly careless (at least in India, say in a ...
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Why don't the Democrats make a deal to give Trump his border wall in exchange for campaign finance reform?

I feel like this is a unique opportunity to pass effective campaign finance legislation. Politically I think not giving Trump the wall is the better strategy, which may be why such a deal will not ...
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Why is presidential approval needed for Congress to end a war it did not approve?

On December 13th, 2018, the Senate voted to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This NPR article states, "the House would have to pass the resolution by year's end and President Trump ...
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Does the US President have the legal authority to unilaterally close the country’s borders?

President Trump recently tweeted that he may close the country’s southern border if Congress does not appropriate the funds to build a border wall. ... We build a Wall or close the Southern Border ....
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Empirically conditional laws

For what reasons (legal or practical) are there not (or not more) empirically conditional laws to attempt possible solutions to perceived problems? I'm mainly thinking about in the United States. It ...
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Missing Headline “Federal employee paid vacation celebrates not funding the wall” [closed]

According to this answer When the government is funded again the things they would have paid for anyways would still be paid (i.e. salaries). In short this means all US government workers are on ...
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What happened to the steam catapult topic?

In mid 2017 Donald Trump communicated to the press, that the US Navy would not be going forward with the electric aircraft carrier catapult system (around which the new Ford class aircraft carrier has ...
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Is there any better estimate of the cost of a completed US-Mexico border wall?

First, I realize that this question was asked back in Jan 2017, but it was difficult to obtain useful data because the details of construction were not available. This question arises as a spin-off ...
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What is gained by shutting down the government?

My question is Why? I found out that numerous presidents have shut down the government when they were unable to reach an agreement with the Legislature. Presumably the disagreements were all about ...
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Long term, does Trump's wall cost more than it saves per year?

One of the biggest areas of disagreement on the wall is its cost efficiency. Republicans claim it will save us money by preventing the need to support illegal immigrants who enter the US, while ...
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Legislation or Constitutional Amendment needed to prevent Government Shutdowns in the US?

If we wanted to create a rule for the government budget that said that would prevent government from NOT leaving the government funded, would it require a constitutional amendment or could/should this ...
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Does the US Government shutdown prevent NORAD from tracking Santa? [duplicate]

A US government shutdown, such as the one occurring in 2018, prevents the government from funding non-essential services. Does that mean that NORAD is unable to continue its tradition of tracking the ...
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Does the US “coerce” other countries to criminalize many drugs?

One comment on a recent question explains that US may have used its political and economic clouts to force other countries to ban narcotics. I find that hard to believe. Most countries, including US,...
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Why is it frequently claimed that the US 'signed' a given treaty before it's been ratified by Congress?

As an example, it was often claimed that the US 'signed' and then 'left' the Paris climate treaty, even though it was merely agreed to by the US President, rather than by Congress as required by the ...
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Criticism of Trump's drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, what would be the alternatives?

We've recently seen high level departures from defence officials in the Trump administration. And criticism and concern by allied governments. Those frustrations are motivated largely by the US ...
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In the news, it says “essential” government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

In the news, the reporters have been talking about "essential" (real quotes, not scare quotes) government employees being required to work without pay by these two statements (paraphrased). All ...
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Why are payment processors politically inserting themselves into Internet police-dom? [closed]

It seems that you can't go for more than a couple of weeks without hearing a politically-charged story of how payment processors are meddling with their clients business. Stripe, Paypal, Mastercard, ...
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What sense does it make to describe a halt-of-work caused by the US government itself as it being “shut down”?

I thought I understood roughly how US "government shutdowns" worked: If Congress (the legislative branch) is unable or unwilling to pass a law authorizing the executive branch to spend public funds on ...
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Congress's power to Declare War vs Authorization to Use Military Forces (AUMF)

The United States has had thousands of troops in Afghanistan without a formal declaration of war. President Trump has recently ordered a large number of them out of that country, presumably to return ...