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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.? The law would need to be passed by the very elected officials who ...
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Why were MIT, Harvard, UPenn specifically questioned over antisemitism?

According to Inside Higher Ed Presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT Face Grilling on Capitol Hill: It’s not entirely clear why these three particular presidents were called to Capitol Hill, considering ...
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Is there any fiscal responsibility merit to Congress's plan to use IRS funds to pay for Israeli relief?

No, there is no merit to this idea and it would actually cause the deficit to increase. MEMORANDUM: Cuts to IRS tax enforcement would increase the deficit October 17, 2023 - CBO estimated that an ...
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Is the US house anti-zionism resolution unconstitutional?

While the constitutionality of an action often is ultimately decided in the courts, the pretty clear answer would seem to be no. Independently of whether one agrees with the resolution or not, the ...
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Could the POTUS cancel any amount of student debt without approval of the US Congress?

As a legality, Biden does not have the authority to forgive student debt without authorization from Congress. As a technicality, he wants to work around that. He first tried to do so by using the ...
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Why were MIT, Harvard, UPenn specifically questioned over antisemitism?

Why these academic institutions? There are some concerns about rising antisemitism on the campuses of the invited schools Harvard - From The Harvard Crimson, there was a largely supported statement ...
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Has a bill ever failed a house of Congress unanimously?

There's been 2 such bills as per the data on the GovTrack website. H.R. 3989 (105th): User Fee Act of 1998 failed to pass with 0 votes in favor and 421 votes opposed. Even the bill's sponsor (Gerald ...
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Is there any fiscal responsibility merit to Congress's plan to use IRS funds to pay for Israeli relief?

Not according to accountants, no. See CBO: How CBO Estimates the Effect on Revenues of Increased IRS Funding CBO’s estimate of revenues is based on the IRS’s projected returns on investment (ROIs) ...
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Is there a site where I can check on what Congressperson voted for which bill?

Yes, both the House of Representatives and the Senate make this information available directly on their respective websites after a vote has taken place. There is an overview of all votes in both ...
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Could the POTUS cancel any amount of student debt without approval of the US Congress?

There's another good answer talking specifics. I'd like to address this part: Since the United States is a democracy, I thought the reasonable process and logic should be that POTUS first needs an ...
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What Is Behind The Puzzling Timing of the U.S. House Vacancy Election In Utah?

Elections for members of Congress are governed, in part, by US law, in particular, the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act). The act imposes certain time frames to allow for the ...
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Why does expelled former American congressperson, George Santos, still have access to the United States of America's Congressional House floor?

While George Santos is currently allowed on the House floor, if found guilty of charges related to the election that privilege will be revoked. Rules of the House, 118th Congress RULE IV The Hall of ...
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

Congress keeps on voting until someone gets picked. If the House of Representatives is unable to decide by inauguration day then the Vice President takes office until they decide. If both the House of ...
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Has a bill ever failed a house of Congress unanimously?

Yes, in the Senate. I am not sure about the US House of Representatives. However, for the Senate there is a recent one. The Green New Deal. It received 0 yes votes and 57 no votes. Introduce on ...
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Congressional vs. Party Votes: Secrets & Differences

Open voting is a fundamental principle of Congress and other Parliament-like bodies. This is because Congress is a public body composed of representatives. To judge how well you have been represented, ...
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Were only two hours allowed for general discussion in the Congress for the 22nd Amendment (two term restriction)?

From Article I Section 5 of the US Constitution: Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two ...
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

As Arcanist Lupus posted the big issue is that those elected officials are the ones who would be required to pass the vote but there are other issues as well. It would be unconstitutional to prohibit ...
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Why were MIT, Harvard, UPenn specifically questioned over antisemitism?

UPenn is probably the outlier here. Regardless of whether it's true or not, Harvard is viewed as an iconic top university not only by the quality of the education it provides, but also by the overall ...
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

Well, one problem is that stocks are a significant part of the average richer American's investment strategy (provided they have any significant savings, that is). What would you replace that with, ...
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Why were MIT, Harvard, UPenn specifically questioned over antisemitism?

Slate has an interesting article which answers your question https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2024/01/new-york-times-claudine-gay-israel-protests-gaza.html. To summarize it here. A large part of ...
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Why does expelled former American congressperson, George Santos, still have access to the United States of America's Congressional House floor?

No fan of Santos, but this is not unusual. Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Former Members of Congress Summary After Members of the House or Senate leave office, they are afforded ...
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Is there another way to put an age limit to Congress members without making a constitutional amendment in the U.S.?

Both houses of Congress have the unreviewable power to expel members if 2/3rds of the members vote in favor. Both houses could implement a de facto age/term limit if 2/3rds of the members compact to ...
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Could the POTUS cancel any amount of student debt without approval of the US Congress?

Several good answers, but let me just add: The Constitution and laws do not magically enforce themselves. If the people in power agree that they want to do X and they don't care that the Constitution ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

The bare minimum At a bare minimum, one must pass the restrictions levied by the US Constitution. Representatives must be at least 25 years old, US citizens for at least seven years, and residents of ...
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Which Democratic members of Congress continue to support US military aid to Israel?

The numbers are in as of 20 April 2024. In the U.S. Senate, all Democrats voted in support of military aid to Israel with the exceptions of two Democrats, Sens. Jeff Merkley and Peter Welch and ...
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What Is Behind The Puzzling Timing of the U.S. House Vacancy Election In Utah?

It is likely due to filing deadlines for the candidates and not having enough time from the announcement to the election date. https://www.ncsl.org/elections-and-campaigns/2022-state-primary-election-...
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How Does Military Budgeting Work? The 1969 Mansfield Amendment

While a bill is being considered in Congress, any member may propose amendments. There are several opportunities for doing so, either in committee, or on the floor of the House/Senate. There are ...
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