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Sat Jun 16, 2012, 01:59 AM

How does it work in the US during an upcoming election?

Is the House and Senate dissolved pending voting or do they continue as normal until election day. Canada is a bit different, just wanted to know how it goes in the US!

If this is a silly question, then I am sorry but just curious!

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Reply How does it work in the US during an upcoming election? (Original post)
akbacchus_BC Jun 2012 OP
steve2470 Jun 2012 #1
elleng Jun 2012 #5
steve2470 Jun 2012 #6
Angry Dragon Jun 2012 #1
steve2470 Jun 2012 #4
steve2470 Jun 2012 #1
joshcryer Jun 2012 #7
Tx4obama Jun 2012 #8
cally Jun 2012 #9
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #10
high density Jun 2012 #11

Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:07 AM

1. They continue as normal.

There are some federal holidays between now and Election Day (i.e, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day), and Congress will take those days off. Congress also recesses toward the end of the year, but I think that's after the election, which is the first Tuesday in November.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:22 AM

5. And they 'recess' when they feel like it,

to go home and campaign to retain their own jobs.

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Response to elleng (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:25 AM

6. true ! nt

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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:07 AM

1. No such thing as silly questions

they keep their jobs until someone else is sworn in

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:09 AM

4. +1 nt

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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:26 AM

7. There may be a recess before the elections, but recess (for both Houses) is usually August.

So they continue as normal until the new Congress is sworn in. Thus the whole concept of the "Lame Duck" session. ie, outgoing congresspeople voting for legislation that the incoming congresspeople probably wouldn't vote for.

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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:32 AM

8. Here's some more info



In the U.S. House: representatives serve for two years (all house representatives are up for re-election every two years)

In the U.S. Senate: senators serve for 6 years (only one-third of the senators are up for re-election at a time - 1/3 in 2012, 1/3 in 2014, 1/3 in 2016 and so on)

Even though the elections will be held in November 2012, the current Congresspersons hold their seats until any new folks are sworn in the first week of January 2013.

So, to answer your question The House and The Senate do NOT dissolve before or even after election day. The first week of January 2013 the next session of Congress will begin and that will be the 'date' of the first day that any newly elected office holders will begin their term of office.

I hope I typed that out clearly and that it makes sense



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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:18 AM

9. Lame duck Congress is expected to deal with taxes and debt this year

Since the Bush tax cuts expire and defense cuts kick in this January, Congress has to act before January. Most expect that Congress will reconvene after the November election and try to deal with this before a new Congress is reconvened in January. Should be very chaotic and many things will be inserted into those bills that almost no one knows about. We'll be dealing with the repercussions of this for years.

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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 01:54 PM

10. They use the remaining time (until November) to play politics and then are "lame duck" until Jan.

 

Generally this involves the party in control doing whatever they can to embarrass the incumbent party in the White House and the lame duck part to stall if their party loses or pass even more ridiculous legislation if they win.

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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 06:08 PM

11. People in our congress typically do nothing

During election season they do nothing and raise money for themselves.

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