3rd Midterm

3rd Midterm - 1 The structure and rules of the House of...

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1) The structure and rules of the House of Representatives and the Senate House of Representatives - Popularly elected. Members chosen from local district, two year term, 25 years old, US citizen min 7 years, 435 Members, has not changed since 1929. May impeach federal officials (indict) senate has trial. More formal rules, limited debate, all bill raising revenue has to originate in house. a. Speaker of House. b. Powers of Speaker. c. Majority Leader. d. Whip. e. Minority Leader and Minority Whip. o Ordinary rule suspended by 2/3 o Immediate action taken by unanimous consent o Committee of the whole – House is able to operate more informally and quickly than under its regular rules Quorum – requires only 100 members o Speaker – presiding officer in the House; formally elected by House buy actually selected by majority party Third in line of succession to the presidency; highest-ranking member of Congress Newt Gingrich – corrupt Dennis Hastert – low key o Majority leader the legislative leader selected by the majority party, who helps plan part strategy, confers with other party leaders, and tries to keep members of the party in line o Minority leader – legislative leader selected by the minority party as spokesperson for the opposition o Whip – party leader who is the liaison between the leadership and the rand-and-file in the legislature o Party caucus – meeting of party members in a chamber of the legislature to select the party leadership in that chamber and to develop party policy. Called a conference by Republicans o House, unlike the Senate, has a Rules Committee that regulates the time of floor debate for each bill and sets limitations on floor amendments Closed rule – prohibits amendments altogether or provides that only members of the committee reporting the bill may offer amendments; usually reserved for tax and spending bills Open rule – permits debate within the overall time allocated to the bill Senate - 100 Members – 2 per state, Elected by state – originally elected by state, 30 years old, US citizen min 9 years, house or apt. in district, legislature, Every 6 Years staggered, Fewer rules – more deliberative in nature.
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Impeached when 2/3’s of senate find indictment guilty official will be removed. a. Presiding Office-Vice-President. b. President Pro-Tempore. c. Majority Leader. d. Minority Leader. o Senators can hold the floor indefinitely unless a supermajority of 60 colleagues votes to end debate o Hold – a practice in the Senate whereby a senator temporarily blocks the considerations of a bill or nomination o President pro tempore – officer of the senate selected by the majority party to act as chair in the absence of the vice-president; job is usually then delegated o Senate majority leader – has the right to be the first senator heard on the floor o Senate minority leader – helps majority leader to determine agenda o Senate also has caucuses and whips o Policy committee
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