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H.Res. 736: Stand For Something Resolution

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Should House members be able to avoid votes when they’re on the House floor?


On any congressional vote, a member can vote in favor, against, or “present,” which means they’re not officially taking a stand either way. This last option is usually used by members wishing to duck official stands on tough votes, if the outcome is already guaranteed to either pass or fail.

In March, 42 Senate Democrats voted “present” on the Green New Deal environmental legislation — guaranteed to fail — in order to avoid an internecine fight, as the party was heavily divided on the legislation but didn’t want to gift Republicans that talking point.

Last year, 133 House Democrats voted “present” on a resolution supporting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the controversial agency that ...

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Clay Higgins

Sponsor. Representative for Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Dec 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Dec 3, 2019

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on December 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Dec 3, 2019

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H.Res. 736 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 736. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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