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Notes 3-27 - American Politics Notes March 27th 2008 How a...

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American Politics Notes: March 27 th , 2008 How a Bill Becomes a Law This is not as simple as it is portrayed to middle school students. The Founders did not want a system where the national government could act with ease. House: 2 year term, represent the population by districts, originally selected by the people, 435 members Senate: 6 year terms, represent the states, originally selected by the state legislatures, 100 members Both of these bodies have to pass identical versions of the bill. Each of these two bodies differs in their term length. The needs and desires are very different as you go across the state of North Carolina and yet there are two senators that have the responsibility of representing the entire state. Unless you are a senator in a “safe seat,” you are constantly worrying about reelection. 1/3 is in reelection mode and then it rotates. While senators are in Washington working 4- 5 days a week, their opponents are already campaigning in their state. The members of the House are constantly in reelection mode since their term is shorter.
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