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mathboy 7 years 2 weeks ago

The rules of each house of Congress should simply continue until changed by the standard 2/3 vote.

It's an anachronism brought to us by the fact that, originally, English parliaments were considered separate entities. When a parliament was dissolved (by the king) there was no guarantee that a new parliament would ever be called.

But now, in the U.S., Congress doesn't cease to exist every 2 years; it's a continuously existing institution, it cannot be dissolved by anyone, and it should behave that way. Even the Senate behaves anachronistically, despite the fact that 2/3 of its membership continues in the new "Congress" (meaning the 2-year term) without having to be sworn in again.

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