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Unformatted text preview: ar session of Congress? A: Congress convenes once every year on the 4th Monday of July, unless otherwise provided for by law. It continues in session for as long as it sees fit, until 30 days before the opening of the next regular session, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. (Sec. 15, Art. VI) Q: What are the instances when there are special sessions? A: 1. Due to vacancies in the offices of the President and Vice President at 10 o’clock a.m. on the third day after the vacancies (Sec. 10 of Article VI) 2. To decide on the disability of the President because a majority of all the members of the cabinet have “disputed” his assertion that he is able to discharge the powers and duties of his office (Sec. 11 of Article VII) 3. To revoke or extend the Presidential Proclamation of Martial Law or suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus (Sec. 18 of Art. VII); and Called by the President at any time when Congress is not in session (Sec. 15 of Art. VI). Q: What is a Mandatory Recess? A: A mandatory recess is prescribed for the 30‐
day period before the opening of the next regular session, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. This is the minimum period of recess and may be lengthened by the Congress in its discretion. It may however, be called in special session at any time by the President. (Sec. 15, Art. VI) Q: What are the instances when Congress is voting separately and voting jointly? A: Separate
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Choosing the President (Sec. 4, Article VII) Determining President’s disability (Sec. 11, Article VII) Confirming nomination of Vice‐
President (Sec. 9, Article VI) Declaring the existence of a state of war in joint session (Sec. 23, Article VI) Proposing Constitutional amendments (Sec. 1, Article XVII) Joint 1. 2. When revoking or extending the proclamation suspending the privilege of writ of habeas corpus (Sec. 18, Article VII) When revoking or extending the declaration of martial law (Sec. 18, Article VII). Q: What are the instances when Congress votes other than majority? A: INSTANCES WHEN CONGRESS VOTES 1. T...
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