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109th United States Congress[edit]

I have nominated 109th United States Congress for featured list removal here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets the featured list criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks; editors may declare to "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here.

113th Congress and subcommittees[edit]

A friendly reminder to editors to take a second look before creating new subcommittee articles, particularly if committees are proposing renaming or restructring. Existing subcommittee articles should be moved to the new names if possible. The House Oversight Committee is once such committee, and I would propose the following moves to reflect the new subcommittees that were annouced yesterday.

Current Subcommittee New Subcommittee
Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census
Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management Government Operations
National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations National Security
Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs
Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements
TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Defunct
Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform Defunct

CongLinks and GovLinks[edit]

We are having a long discussion on the CongLinks template about its purpose and usage. That applies to the GovLink template too, which was recently deleted, and which I plan to request restoration next week. One of the key issues is the purpose of CongLinks. My side (the pro-link side) says more information is better; the other side (the pro-deletion side) says more restrictions are better. The CongLinks template page itself says that its purpose is to link for members of Congress. Its actual usage has been to link to their challengers as well. I would like to change the template page to reflect that actual usage, but I want to check here first to see your opinions in the larger context. Since the CongLinks deletions were very controversial, I'm sure editing the template page's description will be controversial too. My proposal is simply to change "This template is only appropriate for legislators who served any time during or after 1991" to be "This template is only appropriate for legislators who served (or ran for office) any time during or after 1991." What do you all think? Is that, in fact, the purpose of CongLinks (and GovLinks), as I assume, or am I engaged in wishful thinking JesseAlanGordon (talk) 03:58, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Seeking comments to improve Voting Rights Act of 1965[edit]

Greetings. I am looking for suggestions on how to improve the article Voting Rights Act of 1965, and I would be highly appreciative if folks from WikiProject Law could leave some comments about it on the peer review I requested at Wikipedia:Peer review/Voting Rights Act of 1965/archive1. The article was recently promoted to GA status, and it'd be fantastic if we could get it up to FA status. Thanks! –Prototime (talk · contribs) 17:05, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Hillary Rodham Clinton move request[edit]

Greetings! A proposal has been made at Talk:Hillary Rodham Clinton#Requested move 8 to change the title of the article, Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hillary Clinton. This notification is provided because this article is listed as being of interest to this project. Cheers! bd2412 T 17:55, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Thomas F. Bayard[edit]

Senator Thomas F. Bayard is nominated for Featured Article. If anyone has the time to review it, I would really appreciate it. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:39, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Images Comment[edit]

I have added BEP engraved portraits to some bios which have no image at all. I have two engraved portraits which I think are better than the existing images and would like some guidance on whether or not to replace. 1) John E. Kenna in John E. Kenna 2) Alfred H. Colquitt in Alfred H. Colquitt Thanks--Godot13 (talk) 08:05, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

RfC at Template talk:Infobox officeholder[edit]

Concerning the anomalous results when a congressional district is sufficiently changed in location as a result of redistricting as to make "predecessor" and "successor" names not relevant to the individual Congressperson. Collect (talk)

Editors on Representative (and state legislator) articles should give attention to this RfC, as the results will affect a large number of succession boxes. I'm also interested in whether the issue Collect raises has been discussed before; I was sure that it must have been, but no one has linked to any prior discussion. My own feelings on the issue Collect raises are torn, but I'll post some comments in a day or two. Newyorkbrad (talk) 00:06, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
It actually should only affect cases where states have lost districts as a rule - most states actually do not change much each decade. In cases where there are major alterations,however, the issue can be of substantial importance. Collect (talk) 01:20, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

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Editing dispute with Shelley Moore Capito article[edit]

I'd like some help with this editing dispute that's being discussed now. The info that another editor prefers not to be shown in the lede includes SMC's middle name in the first sentence and mentioning that she's a daughter of a former WV governor. I thought that middle names were always included in the first mention of a person's name per WP:BIRTHNAME. Arbor to SJ (talk) 06:28, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

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Category for structures named after members of Congress[edit]

What do we think about a category for structures specifically named after members of Congress? Examples: Robert C. Byrd Bridge, Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, G. V. Montgomery Lock, Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse, etc.

Let me know if any thoughts. KConWiki (talk) 02:24, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

This is a notice about Category:U.S. Congress articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 05:57, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

March 4 or 3[edit]

I believe we had this discussion before & the consensu was to go with March 4, but I'm not certain. Anyways, when did the pre-20th Amendment Congressional terms expire? March 3 (at midnight) or March 4 (the following noon Est)? GoodDay (talk) 01:35, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

This discussion has been started over and over again, and finished always without consensus, for a variety of reasons. Contemporary sources, like the printed Congress bios, state March 4, [YEAR], to March 3, [YEAR + 2]. The 20th Amendment fixed the term expiration at noon on January 3. Before that, there was absolutely no place where a time of day or even a date was stated in any legal text or statute. That's a fact. I suggest you read the pertaining essay on my talk page. Kraxler (talk) 00:54, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Naming of congressional district articles[edit]

I apologize if this is already documented somewhere and I've missed it, but I have a question about our naming conventions for congressional districts. According to the AP style guide, "congressional" is lowercase, unless it's part of a formal name. [1] Congressional district names are formal names. But we name our articles "Idahos' 1st congressional district," rather than "Idaho's 1st Congressional District." Any idea why? Champaign Supernova (talk) 01:28, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

A good point. Have they always been at their current location or were they moved? It could just be that the person who created the first few hadn't thought the capitalization out. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:48, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
I looked at a couple of congressional district articles, and it looks like they were all created with the lower-case naming convention (so they haven't been moved). It could just be path dependence. It seems like it would be a pretty major overhaul to move all congressional district pages. Champaign Supernova (talk) 05:45, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

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There is currently an RfC going on at Template talk:Infobox officeholder#RfC Congressmen's tenures in infobox. Please comment. Kraxler (talk) 15:28, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

RfC was finished and closed. Kraxler (talk) 16:48, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Help on Tom Graves?[edit]

Hello, I'm looking for help with some updates to the Rep. Tom Graves article and I wonder if anyone active on this project might be willing to help. At present, some of the article sections are lacking in detail or WP:RS citations, or both. I also see a few areas where the wording does not conform to the cited source and / or is not encyclopedic. I'm seeking to address these issues. Worth noting, I am working as a consultant on behalf of Rep. Graves and, considering my financial COI, I won't make any direct edits to the article. What I have done instead is to propose suggested updates on the Talk page here. If anyone is able to review and make the changes as they feel are appropriate, I'd be very grateful. Cheers, WWB Too (Talk · COI) 22:13, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

This is Yes check.svg Done. WWB Too (Talk · COI) 16:11, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Bill passes House but...[edit]

There are two status changes that Template:Infobox United States federal proposed legislation doesn't seem to address. It is best explained with a real-life example.

During the the session of Congress that ended in January, the House passed the Innovation Act, an act to make changes to United States patent law, and sent it to the Senate for its consideration. The bill was under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Three steps were taken by the committee chairman:

  1. In a reverse-omnibus of sorts, he split the Innovation Act into several bills, written by different senators
  2. After a hearing that covered the subject matter in general, the committee chairman took changes to patent law off the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda

Nothing else happened during the 113th United States Congress.

Under that situation, it would seem to me that these two steps should result in changes to the content of the Infobox, but I don't see how that would be done. Am I missing something, or does the infobox need some changes? Thanks in advance (talk) 21:13, 1 March 2015 (UTC)