Focal_Concepts_Sheet_10_Congress - Focal Concepts Sheet:...

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Focal Concepts Sheet: U.S. Congress and Congressional Relations 1. The Fragmentation of the National Legislative Branch Congress, as the national legislative body is decentralized and fragmented in public authority due to such factors as: a. Bicameral structure b. Partisan divisions c. Ideological divisions d. Congressional committee system e. Constituency variations 2. The Status and Relative Power of the House of Representatives and the Senate The variation in political power and prestige between the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Is it empirically the case that senators are generally more influential than congresspersons, and if so why? What was the Framers’ constitutional intention on such variation and were they wise in this conception? 3. Congressional Voting Behavior Factors: a. Constituent interests, b. the interests and agendas of political interest groups, special interest groups, lobbies, and PACs, c. general congressional norms and bipartisan relationships (e.g., logrolling; pork-barrel
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