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2.25.2008 GOVT 318 Lecture

2.25.2008 GOVT 318 Lecture - GOVT 318-U.S Congress Lecture...

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GOVT 318—U.S. Congress February 25, 2008 Lecture Notes Party Leadership -leadership stronger (more centralized) today than it was in much of the 20 th century. 4 major congressional parties: -House majority/House minority -Senate majority/Senate minority Leader is “majority leader” or “minority leader” except in House majority party where the top person is “speaker of house” (majority leader is 2 nd , majority whip 3 rd ). 1 st - Speaker Nancy Pelosi 2 nd - Majority (floor) leader- Rep Steny Hoyer 3 rd - Majority whip –Rep. James Clyburn Power of Party Leaders: 1. Chief source of power for party leaders is scheduling of debate on the floor. -floor leaders seek to use scheduling to their favor Ex: Enron scandal; Republican leadership was able to delay corporate reform bill to give more time for opposition to organize itself better. Dems wanted the bill to go through more quickly, b/ c of a wave of popular support for corporate reform after Enron collapse.
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  • Spring '07
  • SHEFTER, M
  • United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, Majority leader

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