Congress - Congress I. 1889 1910 a. Period when Congress...

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Congress I. 1889 – 1910 a. Period when Congress was very strong; partisan leadership characterized House i. Speaker was very powerful (Joe Cannon); very rigid commitment to seniority on committees; rewarded on basis of seniority ii. This model continued up until WWII 1. After WWII, growing support for presidency 2. No declaration of war for Vietnam; Johnson got “resolution” passed after Gulf of Tonkin 3. After Vietnam, Congress reasserts itself; passes War Powers Act a. Made law over Nixon’s veto by 2/3 vote b. To stop unwarranted use of power c. How and When a President can go to war! i. Declaration ii. Law or Bill passed iii. In an emergency 1. Can go to war for 90 days w/o approval; afterwards must ask for approval from Congress d. Is it Legal? i. Congress must declare war; President is commander-in-chief II. 1970s-1980s a. Television appears; freshman Congress appear on video-feeds and CSPAN; alters way press covers congress i. People elected for looks, not work habit; ability to get involved
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