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Statements on reasons to vote against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs & use the funds to support Ukraine

The Congressional Record from April 27th doesn't hold any explanation from any of the representatives who voted against the bill, although it does note that Rep. Madison Cawthorn changed his vote from ...
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Would HR1 pass the US Senate if it only prohibited gerrymandering?

Impossible to say, but unlikely. Congressional Republicans have phrased the entire concept of federal regulation of voting as government overreach and a breach of the states's rights to do so. There'...
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What 1867 act of US congress entered this painting for the Southern District of New York? What did this act of congress actually do?

There was no 1867 Act of Congress relating to this specific print. The Act referred to is actually an 1802 amendment to the Copyright Act of 1790, section one of which provides the wording to be ...
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What sources imply that the office of President was deliberately excluded from the 14th amendment?

Question #1: What sources imply that the office of President was deliberately excluded from the 14th amendment? The words President and Vice President were in the first draft of Article 14 section 3, ...
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Downsides to, or pitfalls of legislation that produces a permanent end to government shutdown threats in the US?

We actually have an example of what happens when there is an automatic mechanism to do this sort of thing: the automatic mechanism becomes the norm. In 2010, the House was won overwhelmingly by ...
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How could US Congress' H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021 actually cost Black representation in the South by prohibition of partisan gerrymandering?

A majority of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus represent majority-minority districts. Many of those districts are the result of gerrymanders that aim to comply with Section 2 or Section ...
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Why does the daylight savings time in Pennsylvania seem partisan?

This is mostly a guess, but looking at the Wikipedia page on the matter, most educational associations (teachers' etc.) in the US support the opposite, i.e. permanent standard (rather than DST) time. ...
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Downsides to, or pitfalls of legislation that produces a permanent end to government shutdown threats in the US?

If the description in Politico is accurate, then the bill is a non-starter. Here's how the article you linked describes the bill: Their bill would trigger two-week stopgap bills and require Congress ...
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Which senator largely singlehandedly defeated the repeal of the Logan Act?

It was James Allen, Democratic Senator for Alabama from 1969 to 1978. He refused to let the criminal-code reform bill pass without the inclusion of the Logan Act. From page 520 of the article in your ...
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Why did Sen. McConnell object to Sen. McCaskill's resolution to fund the military during the government shutdown?

His objection was on the grounds that he was expecting a quick resolution to the government shutdown. As he said on the floor of the Senate when Ms. McCaskill's resolution was made [1]: We passed ...
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4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

The full court opinion (83 pages) can be found here. It identifies five provisions of a single omnibus election law, 2013 N.C. Sess. Laws 381, which are found to be discriminatory: a "change in ...
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What sources imply that the office of President was deliberately excluded from the 14th amendment?

With respect to JMS's excellent answer, it doesn't specifically tell you where you can read the text of the previous draft of the amendment. You can find the text on page 919 of The Congressional ...
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Progress moving US oil and gas pipeline cybersecurity regulation and oversight from the TSA to the DOE? (HR 370)

The bill was reintroduced as H.R. 3078 in the 117th Congress after H.R. 370 died in the 116th Congress. It was referred to the subcommittee on Energy of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and then was ...
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What is the difference between funds being "authorized" and funds being "appropriated" in the IIJA?

The Congressional Research Service published a document back in 2012 that explains the difference. They describe authorization as: An authorizing measure can establish, continue, or modify an agency,...
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4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

Regarding your question whether the phrase "surgical precision" is an explicit part of the ruling: it is. See page 11 for the full context: Before enacting that law, the legislature ...
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Would HR1 pass the US Senate if it only prohibited gerrymandering?

Would "For the People Act" (aka HR1) get required bipartisan support in the US Senate if it concentrated only on the prohibition of gerrymandering? No, because what one group of people call ...
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Would HR1 pass the US Senate if it only prohibited gerrymandering?

There is a significant problem with not gerrymandering in the US system. It is a combination of two factors: (1) a de-facto two party system (2) single seat representation, with per-district winner-...
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Progress moving US oil and gas pipeline cybersecurity regulation and oversight from the TSA to the DOE? (HR 370)

H.R.370 died in the last Congress. The new bill for the 117th Congress is H.R.3078 - Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act and was reported June 10, 2021; but has not been otherwise ...
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What progress has the US House's January 6th Select Committee made on drafting changes to the Electoral Count Act of 1887?

What progress has the January 6th select committee made on drafting changes to the Electoral Count Act of 1887? None. One would not normally expect a committee to draft legislation before finishing ...
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Downsides to, or pitfalls of legislation that produces a permanent end to government shutdown threats in the US?

Government spending in the US runs on a "dual key" system. First, Congress passes legislation which causes government income and spending, notably the budget but also all other laws which ...
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Why did the EU give stronger "protections" to minors in the GDPR, considering that COPPA has had the effect of restricting those it tries to protect?

The various EU members have slightly different national laws. Looking at germany, you will find different age limits for buying a donut, a beer, or a vodka, for buying something with immediate ...
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Is US Senator Chris Murphy's bill to "subject Supreme Court Justices to... ethical code" just saber rattling? (Amy Klobuchar: "Get your act together")

I'm not sure what you mean by saber rattling, but it is difficult to see how such a bill could have any real effect. Consider how such ethics rules are enforced. In other words, when a judge in a ...
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What are former US judge J. Michael Luttig arguments for "why he thinks it’s time to reform the Electoral Count Act"?

Luttig had an opinion piece in the New York Times last week. The opening of the second paragraph explains that the act's vagueness provides an opening for congress to reject the results of an ...
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How did H.R. 8393 not pass the Senate?

H.R. 8393, which would have created a binding referendum on the status of Puerto Rico, passed in the House of Representatives on December 15, 2022 by 233 to 191. However it still needed to pass in the ...
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Is there political activity in the US for regulation or banning of potentially biologically active samples from space to Earth? Who is doing so?

So, first off, the existing law about space isn't something that the U.S. has unilateral jurisdiction over, having been placed into a quasi "international waters" classification by the 1967 ...
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Would the US postal service be open on election day were election day made a legal public holiday?

You have to dig around a bit in the text of the bill, but it contains this requirement: Same-day processing.—The United States Postal Service shall ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that ...
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Is there any publicly available draft of the American Jobs Plan beyond the fact sheet on whitehouse.gov?

It appears that no bill exactly tracking the President's proposal has been introduced in Congress at this time. Components of his proposed legislation closely track existing legislative bills (e.g. ...
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Where can I find details of conference report that restricted construction of new public housing units, and was added to H.R.4194?

Where can I find details of [the] conference report that restricted construction of new public housing units, and was added to H.R.4194? The report, from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and ...
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Why did Sen. McConnell object to Sen. McCaskill's resolution to fund the military during the government shutdown?

Basically, there are a lot more public-relations consequences to "not supporting" the military. If McConnell allows that provision, and the military is specifically funded, then it makes it a much ...
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