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Unformatted text preview: Highest priority…Congress Constituency- The individuals who live within the geographical area represented by an elected official. More narrowly, the body of citizens eligible to vote for a particular representative. Majority leader- party leaders, provides leadership in the congress *House- acts as party’s floor leader. Organizing debates on bills and working to line up legislature support *Senate- most important position heads the majority party caucus, makes majority party’s agenda- - encourages party members to support it Chairs party’s policy committee and acts & acts as party’s voice in the chamber ** weaker then the house speaker Standing Committees- Permanent congressional committees with responsibility for a particular area of public policy. An example is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Committee power- After the president- referring to the Speaker of the House… next best person. (most powerful) Modern congress- p. 362- different kind of institution. Most are professional politicians, and a seat in the U.S. senate or House is as high as most of them can expect to rise in politics. Pays about $165,000/year Spending- congress controls/ approves how much the president spends (oversight), One of Congress' specifically granted powers include Spending Legislative work- most of this is done it committees Vote for- white males, over 35, p. 417, p. 28 Veto- The president's rejection of a bill, thereby keeping it from becoming law unless Congress overrides the veto. Broad issues – how Congress is too big to do broad issues so president does it. President makes a proposal and Congress has something to work with. Foreign Policy – president does it. members of Congress prefer membership in one of the most important committees, such as Foreign Relations Oversight function- A supervisory activity of Congress that centers on its constitutional responsibility to see that the executive carries out the laws faithfully and spends appropriations properly Members Pass- pass the bill i If does not sign in 10 days and Congress not in session, bill dies (pocket veto)If does not sign in 10 days and Congress in session, bill becomes law-for a bill to pass, it must have a simple majority of the House or Senate members voting for it. For it to become a law, its must be passed in identical form in both the House and Senate. Conference committees resolve differences. Trading- Logrolling. Kill- (bills)- p. 386- less than 10% of the bills that committees consider reach the floor for a vote. The others are “killed” when committees decide that they don’t warrant further consideration and table them. (kill more than 90%) Version- 5 Conference committees have to work out and make versions same when the send it to the president (House/Senate) 6 president has no choice but to counter negative press with their own events....
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- Spring '08
- President of the United States, United States Congress, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives