studyguide1204 - Chapter 11 Congress Congress as a career...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Chapter 11 Congress Congress as a career: National G is source of power. Hard to get but staying in is relatively easy. Service Strategy : Use of personal staff by members of Congress to perform serv- ices for constituents in order to gain their support in future elections. Gerrymandering : The process by which the party in power draws election district boundaries in a way that advantages their candidate. Party caucus : A group that consists of a party ’ s members in the House or Senate and that serves to elect the party ’ s lead- ership, set policy goals, and determine party strategy. Every congress member is part of a party caucus. Senate Majority Leader: heads majority caucus. formulates party agenda and en- courages party members to support it. not chamber leader because the vice prez is. (vp only allowed to vote to break a tie) Conference committees : Temporary committees formed to bargain over the differences in the House and Senate ver- sions of a bill. A committee ’ s members are usually appointed from the House and Senate standing committees that originally worked on the bill. Can ’ t be amended after this point. House Rules Committee: determines when bill will be voted on, how long the debate will last, whether the bill receives “closed rule” (no amendments), “open rule” (amendments permitted), or some- thing in between (only certain sections open to amendment). Rider : An amendment to a bill that deals with an issue unrelated to the content of the bill. Riders are permitted in the Sen- ate but not the House. Logrolling: The trading of votes between legislators so that each gets what he or she most wants. Incumbency: Already in ofFce Open-seat election: An election in which there is no incumbent in the race. House/Senate QualiFcations: House: must be 25 yrs. old & 7 yrs. of U.S. citi- zenship. Senate: 30 yrs. old & 9 yrs. a citizen. both from state of representation. 100 members in senate, 435 in house. Senate? Majority Leader : elected by senate or house?. acts as the party’s floor leader, organizing the bill debates + getting legislative support. Seniority : A member of Congress’s con- secutive years of service on a particular committee. who has the most yrs. has sen- iority. time on committee not congress. Committee jurisdiction: the policy area in which a particular congressional committee it is authorized to act. Cloture: A parliamentary maneuver that, if a three-Ffths majority votes for it, limits Senate debate to thirty hours and has the effect of defeating a Flibuster. Veto: The president ’ s rejection of a bill, thereby keeping it from becoming law un- less Congress overrides the veto by a 2/3 vote. If law not signed within 10 days, it becomes a law if congress in session: pocket veto Oversight function: is the job of over- sight to assure that proper duties to pro- tect are put in place, that the manage- ment measures the effectiveness of the protection program in fulfilling those du- ties, and that management adapts the...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course GSS 1100 taught by Professor Dr.smith(bestprofever!) during the Spring '08 term at Cedarville.

Page1 / 5

studyguide1204 - Chapter 11 Congress Congress as a career...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online