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Unformatted text preview: Highest priorityCongress 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 partys floor leader. Organizing debates on bills and working to line up legislature support *Senate- most important position heads the majority party caucus, makes majority partys agenda- - encourages party members to support it Chairs partys policy committee and acts & acts as partys 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 dont 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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