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Following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding laws or actions by Congress or the government.  You may also wish to contact your Senator's office with other questions you may have.

Is it true that  Congress passed the "Sullivan Act" to prohibit family members from serving together on the same ship or in the same unit in the military?

Is it true that  The Senate passed a resolution on September 16, 1987 stating that the U.S. Constitution was explicitly modeled upon the Iroquois Constitution?

Is it true that  Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security and when they retire they receive a pension equal to their congressional salary for the rest of their life?

Is it true that  Oliver North said during the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings that Osama bin Laden had threatened his life?

Is it true that  There is a bill in Congress to impose a 5-cent tax on e-mails?

Is it true that  women in the United States were not guaranteed the right to vote until 1920?

Is it true that   the archways in the basement of the Russell Senate Office Building were originally the entryways into horse stables?

Is it true that  Senate Bill SB-2099 will require owners of firearms to pay a $50 charge per gun and list each gun on their federal tax form?


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