Things that tend to pass Congress unanimously or near-unanimously

There’s gridlock in Congress, for sure, but the recent resolution condemning ISIS genocide as genocide passed the House 393-0.

A few years ago, some of Obama’s budgets were *rejected *97-0 and 99-0 by the Senate, and one was rejected 414-0 by the House.

Back in World War II, the declaration of war passed the Senate 82-0 and the House 388-1.

After 9/11, the Authorization for Use of Military Force passed the Senate 98-0.

Aside from military matters, what other things tend to pass Congress unanimously or near-unanimously?

Ceremonial stuff like naming post offices and awarding the Congressional Gold Medal. (When Ron Paul was in the House he usually provided the sole objection to the medals, as he believed them to be unconstitutional.)

OK, but the ceremonial stuff tends to pass because it’s not worth opposing.
Are there weighty, difficult, costly matters that still tend to get unanimous support or rejection? (The declaration of war, i,e., as an example.)

Pay raises for Congressmen. (Said only slightly facetiously.)

Not facetious at all. Our state legislature meets for four and a half months, officially. If they have to run a few extra weeks, they have to pass a bill authorizing funding, including funding for their own pay. Goes through both bodies in about five minutes.

Occasionally, some member will propose funding the session (staff salaries, expenses, and other costs) but NOT legislator salaries, on the theory that this will encourage them to wrap things up quickly. This proposal is generally ignored.

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the majority of things that get passed are passed nearly unanimously.

Anything that is subject to any level of disagreement gets locked up.

On March 16, 2016, HR 4596 “Small Business Broadband Deployment Act” passed the House 411-0. “An Act To ensure that small business providers of broadband Internet access service can devote resources to broadband deployment rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements.”

On March 14, 2016, S. 2426: “A bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan” passed the House 381-0. On March 8, 2016, it passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent.

A topical issue but most Presidential appointments are passed with near unanimity. If a nominee isn’t going to be confirmed, their name is usually withdrawn before it comes to a formal vote. The late Antonin Scalia, for example, was confirmed 98-0.

Thanks for noting UC. In fact, many non-controversial measures may not even come up for a roll call vote in either house. Or they may be added to other measures without a vote.

Not really elections. More like IMHO.

Renaming Post Offices used to be a unanimous thing. But recently 9 GOP reps. voted against renaming a Post Office After Maya Angelou.

One can only expect such contrary votes to increase in our political climate.

Historically, yes, but considering how many Obama appointees have been held up in the Senate (frequently by only one or two senators) I suspect that tradition is dead.