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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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Which position is most powerful, prestigious and influential - Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary? [closed]

Which is most powerful (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most prestigious (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most influential (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet ...
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What does 2/3ds the US Senate mean?

For normal bills to pass the US Senate, all it takes is a simple majority. If the Senate is evenly divided (50/50), the vice president votes as to break the tie with a 51/50 or 50/51. But for ...
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Why should there not be witnesses in the 2020 impeachment trial?

Why are the Democrats fighting for witnesses and why are the Republicans fighting against witnesses? Isn't it standard procedure to have witnesses in a trial? Like my title suggests, I'm wondering ...
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How did the term 'whip' come to be?

I was just reading about what a whip is in the US Senate here. It got me wondering, why is it called a whip? It seems like an odd name to me when it could have just been called like 'leader' or '...
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How is banning new witnesses in the impeachment trial fair? [closed]

How is it a fair trial if the senate does not allow new witnesses to testify? The only reason why they didn't testify in the first place was because President Trump forbade them from doing so - ...
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Why can a Chief Justice break ties in the Senate during an impeachment trial?

I came across a Politico article that suggests that Chief Justice John Roberts can vote to break ties in the US Senate during an impeachment trial. Unless Chief Justice John Roberts shocked ...
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Is there any the law or procedure regarding non-political conflicts of interest during an impeachment trial in the US Senate?

Is there any the law or procedure regarding conflicts of interest during an impeachment trial in the US Senate? I can think of many for senators on both sides; obviously political conflicts, (...
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Does a Senate trial have more authority to call witnesses than a House impeachment hearing?

During the hearings for the impeachment of President Trump, the House subpoenaed the testimony of several witnesses. However, some of the witnesses refused to testify, defying the House subpoenas. At ...
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What is the Chief Justice's role regarding Senator's written questions in an impeachment trial?

Its been explained that the Senators in attendance at an impeachment trial must remain silent, but may submit written questions. Can someone explain the process these written questions go through? ...
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Restrictions to talking with the Press during Impeachment trial?

From my understanding, the impeachment trial of President Trump has almost started as the Senate is now voting on the rules of the trial. I know this might technically need to wait for those rules to ...
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Who is sitting behind Chuck Schumer? [duplicate]

Who is this blonde with the glasses behind Chuck Schumer?
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What's (roughly) the smallest percentage of the US population that through its Senators has successfully blocked a piece of legislation?

According to some US constitutional pundits, in theory, senators representing about 11 percent of the population can filibuster a bill or those representing about 16 percent of the population can ...
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US Chief Justice Roberts' choices of “in conformity with” and “in conformance with” during the swearing in at the Senate

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts used both the phrases in conformity with and in conformance with within the same minute during a swearing-in process in the senate. This can be heard in CNN’...
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Can impeachment managers be changed once the Senate trial starts?

So Pelosi has picked the "impeachment managers" for the House. Are there rules that these managers can't be changed once the trial in the Senate starts? If so, what is the rationale for preventing a ...
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Are all U.S. Senators required to attend the impeachment trial?

Several U.S. Senators are campaigning for their party's nomination for the general presidential election of 2020. The impeachment trial will start next week. Are these Senators required to attend all ...
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Who presented the articles to the Senate alongside the Clerk?

During the preceding, the Clerk of the House and the Sergeant at Arms of the House were side-by-side. However, during the presentation, the Clerk was next to someone else, seen on the right below. Who ...
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Can The Chief Justice Excuse Senators From The Jury In A Presidential Impeachment?

In a normal trial the judge presides over jury selection during the voir dire process. Jurors are excused for causes such as lack of impartiality. Does the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court have ...
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Can the U.S. Senate impose a deadline for the House to transmit articles of impeachment?

A follow-up to this question. Background The House has passed articles of impeachment but at present is refusing to transmit them to the Senate or appoint impeachment managers. The effect of this ...
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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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Why did the democrats take the “nuclear option” in 2013?

In 2013 the democrats took the nicknamed "Nuclear option" when it came to non SCOTUS judicial appointments. Given this was Obama's second term I guess Republicans were continuing to stone-wall, but ...
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Is the number of federal judges appointed by Trump unusual?

Among the achievements of President Trump quoted by supporters and the White House itself is a drive to appoint federal judges. His recent letter to the Speaker of the House gives the number of 170 ...
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Is there a time constraint on the Senate voting to convict an impeached president? [duplicate]

This question is mostly what it says in the title. My understanding is that if a president is successfully impeached, the Senate is required to hold a vote on whether or not to convict. Is there any ...
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Are there any rules against cursing in the United States Congress?

When I’ve watched things broadcast from the House and Senate on C-SPAN, CNN, etc. there seems to be a purposeful avoidance of repeating curse words in quotes. I noticed today that Jamie Raskin of ...
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What is the smallest percentage of U.S. voters needed to re-elect the 34 Senators to acquit a President?

When a U.S. President is tried for impeachment, he will be acquitted if more than 1/3 of the Senators (currently 34) vote to acquit him. What is the minimal number of voters (as a percent of eligible ...
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Can the US Senate's Hong Kong bill be treated as foreign interference?

Recently, the US Senate passed a bill about the situation in Hong Kong. Some core points from the bill: impose sanctions on Chinese officials review the special autonomous status it grants Hong ...
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How can one view the changes made by amendments to bills in Congress?

In this particular case, I am interested in bill S.1838 in the 116th Congress. There is an amendment to this bill called S.Amdt.1246 to S.1838. However, I can't find any information about what changed....
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Have Senate Republicans called any witnesses that Devin Nunes wanted to testify?

On November 6, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee led by Congressman Devin Nunes sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff containing a list of witnesses they ...
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What is the longest someone served in the US Senate before they sponsored and passed a major piece of legislation?

Major can be defined as anything other than nonbinding resolutions, naming of public buildings, national days, flag commemorations and the like. And by passed I mean the act was voted into law. I ...
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Does impeachment have any concrete implications? [duplicate]

Assuming Trump gets impeached, are there any ramifications other than that the Senate votes on whether to remove him from office? Assuming they don't, since they're Republican-controlled and they need ...
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What problems is Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) likely to face, given the lack of majority in the Senate?

According to the official results of the Polish parliamentary election, the Law and Justice party (PiS) has won majority in the Sejm (the lower house), but lacks majority in the Senate (the upper ...
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Has Ukraine responded in any way to the 2018 letter sent by three Democratic senators?

Trump has raised the issue of a 2018 letter to Ukraine, sent by three US senators (all Democrats) . As CNN summarized this letter: it expressed concern about a New York Times article that said ...
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Has Orrin Hatch elaborated on his vote against the Export Administration Act?

Only three senators voted against the Export Administration Act. He seemed to be supportive of Israel. He wanted to suspend the importation of steel, so it seems like he was not as supportive of ...
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Can the senate majority leader postpone a vote on impeachment? [duplicate]

In an infamous column in the Washington Post entitled Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, it's argued that the senate majority leader repeatedly has postponed bills with bipartisan support so they ...
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Let's say the impeachment procedure reaches the Senate. What next?

Let's assume for a second that the House votes to impeach Trump. This only takes a simple majority, something that they might be able to achieve, depending on how serious the Ukraine allegations turn ...
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Can the Senate ignore impeachment? [duplicate]

If the House of Representatives impeaches a President, can the Senate Majority Leader or Senate leadership just ignore it and not even take it up, or are they required to hold a trial?
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How was voting “present” on the Green New Deal resolution meant to be taken as a protest?

Background Back in March 26th, of 2019, Mitch McConnell forced a vote on the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and later Ed Markey. The vote ended as such: The measure,...
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Can the senate vote to condemn? Is this even an official practice?

Recently, the Democrat-controlled House voted to condemn 3 of President Trump's tweets. This gave me two questions: Can the Republican Senate do the same based on their political desires and Is "...
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Why are some Senators so insistent on using unanimous resolution to pass election security bills?

Background Recently, Mitch McConnell was the only senator to stop two unanimous resolutions on election security: On July 25th he said “Clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. ...
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How has Angus King explained why he's an Independent?

Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Unlike Bernie Sanders, he is a pretty normal-seeming Democrat, not a self-described democratic socialist. What has he said about his ...
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Are there any restrictions on how amendment should be related to original law in US Senate?

As I understand, When US Senate approves some law, there can be amendments, attached to it. But sometimes, such amendments seem to not relate to the parent law at all, for example: https://...
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Why did Barry Goldwater change from opposing to supporting the Export Trade Administration Act of 1979?

The House modified the bill after it passed the Senate. Goldwater was among three Senators who voted against the bill. Can someone confirm that the modifications that the House of Representatives ...
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Why would a US Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade?

Why would a Senate bill be stuck on 'Introduced' for over a decade? What is required to get it going, whatever that voting outcome may be. The example I came across (while reading on Catch-22's ...
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What was the Manchin-Toomey Amendment amending?

Wikipedia says this about the Manchin-Toomey Amendment: The Manchin-Toomey Amendment was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would require background checks on most private party firearm sales, ...
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Is the idea of governing for one's constituents at odds with good policy?

In the US legislator, the elected people govern to help their constituents. How does this work with governing for the greater good of everyone. Let’s use climate change as an example and assume it is ...
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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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How can a citizen change an existing law — who can the bill be submitted to

its known that in order to make or change a law, a bill is needed which is introduced to congress and the senate etc.... The question: If a citizen is directly affected by a current "unfair" law and ...
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Do Senate committees really ever interview low-level nominees?

Does the United States Senate actually take the time to interview low level nominees like nominees for low military general ranks (Brig. General) or really specific roles that require senate ...
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How can an Australian Senator be removed from office?

There's currently a change.org petition calling for the removal of Fraser Anning from the Australian Senate. Accepting that a change.org petition is merely indicative, and ignoring the specific ...
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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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How much power does the Senate Majority Leader have?

Following this question: Why is the Senate leader allowed to decide which bills to vote on? - how much power exactly does Senate Majority Leader have? Let's suppose that the Senate is split 51-49 ...