Apparently that's a common (in government/Washington DC, anyway) scheduling acronym which stands for "remain overnight."
The globe-trotting secretary of state and globe-trotting former president each kept up frantic travel schedules, which meant they were often not in the same place at the same time — or even on the same continent. The calendars indicate ...
With plenty of caveats, the speaker of the house is who schedules
legislation for a vote
This is not accurate. The House Rules Committee handles this, not the Speaker of the House by himself or herself. But, since the House Rules Committee is also controlled by the majority party, the incentives are more or less identical.
There has been no formal ...
What are the details of how this problem of properly convening the house is resolved?
RULES of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OTHER OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS
2. (a) At the commencement of the first session of each Congress, the Clerk shall call the Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioner to order and proceed to record their ...
No. Their specific branch of Congress may expel the Congressman for any reason with a super-majority vote, which basically telling the people whom he represents, "Try again." There may be provisions to recall a Representative through recount.
Before the 17th Amendment, Senators could be recalled by the State Legislature for reasons that they didn't like ...
Are there any other mechanisms of power?
For example, the Rules committee can classify a bill into categories. Appropriations bills, for example, are subject to different rules than general legislation.
As another example, the Rules committee determines whether a bill fits in a category that requires a supermajority vote under the House Rules (e.g. ...
The latter question, on convening a new congress with all officers unavailable, is very untested. Especially in the near-doomsday scenario where the government is essentially wiped out at the same time (including the "designated survivor" etc.). The issue of how and on what authorities each new Congress is convened in a formal legal sense is largely ...
This is from the Schenectady NY Gazette, printed on January 5th, 1955, two days after the 84th Congress began.
RAYBURN, who arrived here
from Bonham, Txas, on March 4,
1913, took the oath from Representative
Carl Vinson (D), who
came here from Milledgeville, Ga.,
on Nov. 3, 1914. ~*
According to Vinson's Wikipedia page, Vinson was the second ...
No. The constitution gives the House the right to arrange its own affairs. The parliamentarian advises, but it is up to the House to decide, by voting if necessary.
In this case, the House has made its decision. The House has decided that, regardless of the parliamentarian's advice and the precedent from 1984, the language was not unparliamentary. There is ...
Actually your answer is incorrect. Senators can be impeached -- and have been impeached. The first (and as of now, only) senator to be impeached was William Blount in 1798. Per Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution, the House of Representatives has the power to impeach the president, vice president and any civil officer (which includes senators and ...
At the end of the first roll call
"THE SPEAKER: THE READING CLERK WILL NOW CALL THE NAMES OF MEMBERS WHO DID NOT ANSWER ON THE FIRST CALL"
After the second attempt
"THE SPEAKER: IF THERE ARE ANY MEMBERS WHO DID NOT ANSWER THE CALL OF THE ROLL, THEY MAY COME TO THE WELL AND VOTE AT THIS TIME."
So they can still answer the call of the roll until the vote ...
Is there any rule making representatives, senators, and others purposefully avoid cursing while in the legislature building?
[While the following applies to the House, it should be no different for the Senate.]
No, there is no specific rule regarding words to be avoided. "Members have been cautioned against the use of vulgarity or profanity in debate." 1
Most parliaments have some concept of unparliamentary language. These are words that are seen as inadequate for the civil debate that should be going on therein. While it is expected that debates are heated, it is also recognised that a shouting duel or insults thrown back and forth will not further the debate, improve the arguments or lead to any common ...