THE CONGRESS: Vote of No Confidence

THE CONGRESS Vote of No Confidence When one of the 96 U.S. Senators wants to provoke an answer from a Cabinet officer, he usually can do it with a roar from the Senate floor. In the House, where few of the 435 members ever have opportunity for solo roaring, the same result is achieved by a device called a resolution of inquiry. A formal resolution* is introduced calling upon the Cabinet officer to furnish information, and the resolution is referred to committee. By custom, the Cabinet member hustles up to talk to the committee (usually in executive session); the resolution...

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