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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 08:59 AM

Maybe a dumb question but

Can the house stop the vote when they get the number they need? So some members don't need to vote.

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Reply Maybe a dumb question but (Original post)
bluestarone Oct 31 OP
MineralMan Oct 31 #1
bluestarone Oct 31 #2
MineralMan Oct 31 #3
Bettie Oct 31 #5
2naSalit Oct 31 #8
Ferrets are Cool Oct 31 #10
onenote Oct 31 #4
bluestarone Oct 31 #6
StarfishSaver Oct 31 #7
bluestarone Oct 31 #12
StarfishSaver Oct 31 #13
TidalWave46 Oct 31 #9
Wounded Bear Oct 31 #15
BumRushDaShow Oct 31 #11
StarfishSaver Oct 31 #14

Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:02 AM

1. Why would they do that? The votes of each representative should be public.

That way, we know who voted and how. That's part of the transparency of Congress. How our representatives vote is part of our decision-making process at election time.

Nope. The House won't do that. If you vote, how you voted will be recorded.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:04 AM

2. I'm thinking to kinda protect the Dems in red states?

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:06 AM

3. I have zero interest in protecting Dems who vote against my interests.

I don't want to protect Democrats who vote with Republicans. I want to elect new Democrats who will vote with Democrats.

Things are changing.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:08 AM

5. Thank You!

Seriously, why would Democrats still say "well, maybe...".

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:14 AM

8. Many of those House Dems

have indicated that they are okay if they are voted out afterward, this is that important. I applaud them for knowing that this shouldn't be a forever job for all of them.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:14 AM

10. Ding, ding!

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Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:07 AM

4. No. The entire roll will be called. If members want to vote present

or not show up, that's how they avoid casting a recorded vote.

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Response to onenote (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:08 AM

6. Ok gotcha!! TY

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Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:12 AM

7. Once the vote time is announced, no

Most votes are held open for 15-minutes but the Speaker or Chair can and frequently does keep the vote open longer to make sure everyone gets to vote. But there would probably be a riot if they cut the vote off early.

There are few things more entertaining (or annoying if you're trying to get up Independence Avenue) in DC than watching Members scramble to get from their office buildings to the Capitol for a vote. Sometimes it's a huge rush of people running across the street trying to get to the floor before the vote closes. It can be quite a sight...

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:17 AM

12. TY to all!

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:17 AM

13. Back atcha!

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Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:14 AM

9. Good question...

 

I think their only real option would be to vote present or vote against it.

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Response to TidalWave46 (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:19 AM

15. Yea, Nay, or Present...

Those are the options, other than just not showing up.

I'd be rather unhappy if my Rep voted "Present" on such a consequential vote.

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Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:16 AM

11. In general, the House votes are for "15 minutes"

which are usually very very flexible as they wait for members to travel to the chamber from whereever they may be (often in hearings in buildings away from the actual Capitol building). Once a vote is taken (whether voice vote or by the yays and nays), they will eventually close it out and read the final tabulation of the "yays" and "nays" (if necessary) and will then do a motion to reconsider, afterwhich they will declare the motion is laid on the table as a way to finalize the vote. Anyone who doesn't vote will be counted as "NV" (not voting).

There is no need to "stop" a vote if people haven't voted yet but often you will hear cheering in the chamber once the outcome of a vote that was desired, is achieved, but the voting will continue until the chair officially closes it out.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:18 AM

14. +1

Great explanation!

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