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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:50 AM

Could Nancy Ask A Senator To Be On Commission?

Would someone like Romney or Murkowski agree to be on it, if asked?

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:55 AM

1. Great question...

Or even further inquiry...

could she approach Jeff Flake, or Joe Walsh?

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Response to Enter stage left (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:05 AM

3. OK, That's Fine

But a sitting Senator would hold a lot of weight.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:02 AM

2. She COULD ask ANYONE;

questions: WOULD she, and then WOULD they.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 07:55 AM

12. I don't think she can ask anyone under House Resolution 503

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:18 AM

4. I thought this was a select committee of the US House of Representatives

It is NOT a "commission".

I'm no expert, but I thought a select committee of either the House or Senate solely consisted of members of that particular body.

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Response to MerryHolidays (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:23 AM

5. That's my understanding as well -- only sitting members of the House are permitted on the committee...

Had they put together the bipartisan commission in conjunction with the Senate, then anyone could have been appointed -- both present and past members of both houses, as well as retired judges, respected historians, eminent writers. It would have been a nice way to go -- everyone would have gained, especially We the People.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:24 AM

6. I have two comments

First, show a little respect for the Speaker of the House. Second, there is no commission. The senate voted it down. Instead, there's a HOUSE Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection. Only House members can sit on a House committee.

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Response to underthematrix (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 02:32 AM

8. "Show a little respect for the Speaker"?? What does that mean?

Are you objecting to calling her Nancy?

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:16 AM

9. It's a House Select Committee, formed by an Organizing Resolution passed by the House...

The House makes decisions for the House about how the House functions, which do not depend on the Senate's or Executive's or Judiciary's permission.

The House has set up a House Committee under House-written parameters for organizing House activities. It's pretty clear, even to a civics novice, who is eligible to be on this House Select Committee, and who is not (hint: House vs non-House).

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:43 AM

10. It has to be house members. They CAN hire staff, which could include... .

... anyone who would take the job. But the voting numbers have the house members

I believe she has the power to a point Republican members. She cannot compel them to show up and do their jobs so. My understanding is that it's only a tradition that the minority party leader appoints it's members. I don't think the party structure in House administration has the force of law, other than whatever organizational resolutions they voted on back in January. So technically she could appoint all the Republican members, but it would be completely novel and unprecedented. Not the sort of precedent you'd want to live by in the future

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 07:54 AM

11. House Resolution 503 says Members ( it does not designate members of the House or Senate)

But the implied is clearly Members of the House as it is not a Joint resolution, only passed in the House.




SEC. 2. COMPOSITION.

(a) Appointment Of Members.—The Speaker shall appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee, 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.

(b) Designation Of Chair.—The Speaker shall designate one Member to serve as chair of the Select Committee.

(c) Vacancies.—Any vacancy in the Select Committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

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