Talk:United States House of Representatives

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Specific reguirements and benefits for representatives[edit]

Specific reguirements and benefits for representatives.

Please clear up rumors of life-long health benefits for serving one term in office. Can a member of congress have dual citizenship. If yes, are there any restrictions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.77.34.1 (talk) 18:24, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

  • The salaries & benefits section has been expanded, and should clarify this issue. Let me know if you think there is anything still unclear. Sahrin (talk) 17:12, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

How many people?[edit]

The page currently states that there are 435 voting members and 6 non-voting members, for a grand total of 441. There are 242 in the Republican Party and 190 in the Democratic Party, which is only 432. Where do the other 9 members come from? Independent parties? If so, that should be noted. DanielDPeterson + talk 23:48, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

The discrepancy is due to vacancies. JTRH (talk) 23:58, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Congressman vs. Representative[edit]

Which one to use? Discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Politics#Congressman vs. Representative. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 00:35, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Precipitate Transition from 112th to 113th Congress[edit]

If you'll pardon the lazy resort, the page has been improperly updated to reflect the results of the 2012 elections as if they had taken effect. Thus, in multiple places it says that there are 201 voting Democratic Members, whereas that won't be the case until the Members are sworn in in January, 2013, and the 113th Congress begins. (Some changes did occur already in cases where special elections elected Members to the remainder of the 112th.) Someone with more time and energy than I have may wish to remedy these errors. Czrisher (talk) 21:52, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Seating: L or R from which point of view?[edit]

It says at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives#Daily_procedures "...Members' seats are arranged in the chamber in a semicircular pattern and are divided by a wide central aisle. By tradition, Democrats sit on the left of the center aisle, while Republicans sit on the right, as viewed from the presiding officer's chair...." The statement "...as viewed from the presiding officer's chair...." seems to be at odds with the diagram under "Structure" in the data box at the beginning of the article, which shows the Democrats on the left and the Republicans on the right as viewed from the FLOOR, looking TOWARD the presiding officer's chair. Wikifan2744 (talk) 19:04, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Research now allows me to say that the answer to my question above is that the diagram under "Structure" in the data box at the beginning of the article is correct: the Democrats sit on the left and the Republicans sit on the right as viewed from the floor, looking toward the presiding officer's chair. The relevant evidence comes from http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/House-Chamber/House-Floor/ which is: "Unlike the Members of the Senate, Members of the House have no assigned seats but are by tradition divided by party; Members of the Democratic Party sit to the Speaker's right and Members of the Republican Party sit to his left." Therefore, I will reverse in the article the words "left" and "right" in the current version of the sentence quoted in my earlier post. Wikifan2744 (talk) 08:28, 21 November 2013 (UTC)