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House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence
The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), also known as the House Intelligence Committee, is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Devin Nunes. It is the primary committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, though it does share some jurisdiction with other committees in the House, including the Armed Services Committee for some matters dealing with the Department of Defense and the various branches of the U.S. military. The committee was preceded by the Select Committee on Intelligence between 1975 and 1977
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Independent Agencies Of The United States Government
Independent agencies of the United States
United States
federal government are those agencies that exist outside the federal executive departments (those headed by a Cabinet secretary) and the Executive Office of the President.[1] In a more narrow sense, the term may also be used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally part of the executive branch, are independent of presidential control, usually because the president's power to dismiss the agency head or a member is limited. Established through separate statutes passed by the Congress, each respective statutory grant of authority defines the goals the agency must work towards, as well as what substantive areas, if any, over which it may have the power of rulemaking
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Articles Of Impeachment
The articles of impeachment are the set of charges drafted against a public official to initiate the impeachment process. The articles of impeachment do not result in the removal of the official, but instead require the enacting body to take further action, such as bringing the articles to a vote before the full body In the United States, the articles of impeachment are drafted by the House of Representatives for cases involving federal officials
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Procedures Of The United States House Of Representatives
The United States Constitution
United States Constitution
provides that each "House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings,"[1] therefore each Congress of the United States, upon convening, approves its own governing rules of procedure
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Origination Clause
The Origination Clause, sometimes called the Revenue Clause, is part of Article I of the United States Constitution. This clause says that all bills for raising revenue must start in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as in the case of other bills. This clause was part of the Great Compromise between small and large states
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Quorum Call
In legislatures, a quorum call is used to determine if a quorum is present. Since attendance at debates is not mandatory in most legislatures, it is often the case that a quorum of members is not present while debate is ongoing. In many bodies, motions such as amendments, introduction of new legislation, and recommitment may be approved in the absence of a quorum, provided no member then present objects. A member wishing to delay proceedings (for example, to allow other members time to get to the chamber in order to join debate) may request that the presiding officer determine whether a quorum is present. If a quorum does not appear to be present, debate is suspended, as the only business allowed without a quorum is to adjourn, recess, summon absent members, or compel their attendance if the body has the power to do so. Overview[edit] What happens after debate stops depends on the legislature in question
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Unanimous Consent
In parliamentary procedure, unanimous consent, also known as general consent, or in the case of the parliaments under the Westminster system, leave of the house (or leave of the Senate), is a situation in which no one present objects to a proposal.Contents1 Purpose 2 Not the same as unanimous vote 3 Unanimous consent required 4 Procedure 5 Consent Agenda 6 Typical uses of unanimous consent 7 Leave of the house (or leave of the senate) 8 Use in consensus decision-making 9 See also 10 ReferencesPurpose[edit] Generally, in a meeting of a deliberative assembly, business is conducted using a formal procedure of motion, debate, and vote. However, if there are no objections, action could be taken by unanimous consent.[1][2][3][4][5] The procedure of asking for unanimous consent is used t
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United States Congressional Apportionment
United States congressional apportionment
United States congressional apportionment
is the process[1] by which seats in the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
are distributed among the 50 states according to the most recent constitutionally mandated decennial census. Each state is apportioned a number of seats which approximately corresponds to its share of the aggregate population of the 50 states.[2] However, every state is constitutionally guaranteed at least one seat. The number of voting seats in the House of Representatives is currently set at 435, where it has been since 1913—except for a temporary (1959–1962) increase to 437 after Alaska
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and Hawaii
Hawaii
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Huntington–Hill Method
The Huntington–Hill method of apportionment assigns seats by finding a modified divisor D such that each constituency's priority quotient (population divided by D ), using the geometric mean of the lower and upper quota for the divisor, yields the correct number of seats that minimizes the percentage differences in the size of subconstituencies.[1] When envisioned as a proportional electoral system, this is effectively a highest averages method of party-list proportional representation in which the divisors are given by D = n ( n + 1 ) displaystyle scriptstyle D= sqrt n(n+1) , n being the number of seats a state or party is currently allocated
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Redistricting
Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in the United States.Contents1 Legislative representatives 2 Gerrymandering 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLegislative representatives[edit] In 28 states, the state legislature has primary responsibility for creating a redistricting plan, in many cases subject to approval by the state governor. To reduce the role that legislative politics might play, twelve states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington) determine congressional redistricting by an independent or bipartisan redistricting commission.[1] Five states: Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia
Virginia
give independent bodies authority to propose redistricting plans, but preserve the role of legislatures to approve them
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Gerrymandering In The United States
Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering
in the United States
United States
is the practice of rearranging the boundaries of electoral districts in the United States, where it has been practiced since the founding of the country to strengthen the power of particular political interests within legislative bodies. Partisan gerrymandering is commonly used to increase the power of a political party. In some instances, political parties collude to protect incumbents by engaging in bipartisan gerrymandering. After racial minorities were enfranchised, some jurisdictions engaged in racial gerrymandering to weaken the political power of racial minority voters, while others engaged in racial gerrymandering to strengthen the power of minority voters
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Self-executing Rule
The self-executing rule, also known as "deem and pass", is procedural measure used by the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
to approve legislation. If the full House votes to approve a legislative rule that contains such a provision, the House then deems a second piece of legislation as approved without requiring a separate vote, as long as it is specified in the rule. That is, if the vote on the rule passes, then the second piece of legislation is passed as part of the rule vote. When considering a bill for debate, the House must first adopt a rule for the debate as proposed by the House Rules Committee. This rule comes in the form of a resolution which specifies which issues or bills are to be considered by the House. If the House votes to approve a rule that contains a self-executing provision, it simultaneously agrees to dispose of the separate matter as specified by the rule
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Closed Sessions Of The United States House Of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
rarely meets in closed session.Contents1 Rules of the House 2 List of closed sessions of the House since 1825 3 See also 4 ReferencesRules of the House[edit] In the House, Rule XVII, clause 9, governs secret sessions, including the types of business to be considered behind closed doors. A motion to resolve into a secret session may only be made in the House, not in the Committee of the Whole. A Member who offers such a motion announces the possession of confidential information, and moves that the House go into a secret session. The motion is not debatable, but if agreed to, the Member making the motion is recognized under the one-hour rule in closed session. Members and staff of both houses are prohibited from divulging information from secret sessions, and all staff are sworn to secrecy. Violations of secrecy are punishable by the disciplinary rules of a chamber
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Suspension Of The Rules In The United States Congress
Suspension of the rules in the United States Congress
United States Congress
is the specific set of procedures within the United States Congress
United States Congress
that allows for the general parliamentary procedure of how and when to suspend the rules.Contents1 U.S. House of Representatives1.1 Overview 1.2 Suspension Calendar2 U.S. Senate 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksU.S
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General Ticket
General ticket representation is a particular method of electing members of a multi-member state delegation to the United States House of Representatives. States using this method elected their entire delegation in a statewide manner, either on a single ballot (by means of bloc voting) or on separate ballots for each seat, but always allowing every voter in the state to vote for a candidate for each seat
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