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3.24.08 - Congress Size and its consequences capping the...

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Congress Size and its consequences; capping the House Party Control and procedural organizations, organizational procedure o Most important variable for understanding the institution as a whole and understanding each body individually House o More democratic of the two; Definition is the majority rules o Organization rules of the house give the majority(majority party) nearly exclusive procedural control; minority(minority party) have very few powers procedurally. The majority controls everything. o Speaker of the house has absolute procedural control over the body. The speaker is the incarnation of the majority. o How is this accomplished? o The Speakers powers are firstly the power to control floor debate and procedure (control the agenda of the floor where votes are decides), and secondly to control committee membership and structure. The speaker is the power of the house o Who is the speaker? o The speaker is decided by the first vote of every new congressional session. Every two years when there is a new house elected, the house chooses the new speaker.
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