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Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

Democratic Party majority in the House is useless without corresponding control in the US Senate.

That may be corresponding party majority in the senate; it may amount to addition of so-called moderate opposition party senators willing to trade, "log roll", their vote for unrelated favors in one or both chambers --as when a senator introduces a bill needing companion legislation introduced in the House.

The House can pass any damn bill they want. The House can carry on about OVERSIGHT! The House can carry on about suing other federal agencies -- and SCOTUS won't touch it, because scope of jurisdiction does not extend case or controversy clause to disputes within the federal government.

House could introduce and pass an impeachment bill, affirming any pretext tomorrow; it has no legal effect. Congressional rules are above the law of ordinary people, and this side show will not alone remove the president. Conviction, legal authority, is vested only in the senate.

The ONLY bill that the Senate might be induced to agree is an appropriation bill. Only appropriations originate in the House of Representatives per US Constitution; referral is controlled by its Ways & Means Subcommittee chair. Conversely, this referred bill is subject to amendment by the senate before it is passed, enrolled (for conforming mark-up of texts by a bicameral committee), and referred to the president for signature. See?

The House is the weaker chamber. That is most certainly the "founding fathers" intent and legacy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:10:22 PM EST
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