Congress Study Guide - Congress Leadership in the House;...

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Congress Leadership in the House; duties of leaders Speaker of the House, mandated by the constitution, often a national spoke person for the party, recognized members for floor debate, may rule someone out of order, can join discussion and may vote, refer bills to committee: Nancy Pelosi Leadership in the senate: duties of the leader Constitution makes VP of US as leader. Start the bell, cant vote, vote when there is a tie, coaling votes, scheduling the floor action, and influencing committee assignments. Casework Activities of members of Congress that help constituents as individuals cutting through red tape to get people what they think they have a right to get. Incumbent; significance Usually wins, more competition in the Senate, people vote on them due to their preferences on Presidents, voting issues advertising, credit claiming, and position taking. Weak opponents usually are up against incumbents. Pork barrel The list of federal projects, grants, and contracts available to cities; Businesses, colleges and institutions. Oversight function Congress’s monitoring of the bureaucracy and its administration of policy, performed mainly though hearings. Substantive and descriptive representation Descriptive representation is representing constituents by mirroring their personal, politically relevant characteristics. Substantive is representing the group’s interest. Bicameralism A legislature divided into 2 houses, the US Congress and every American state legislature except Nebraska’s are bicameral. Caucus A group of members of congress sharing some interest or characteristic. Most are composed of members from both parties and from both houses. “Typical” member of Congress High status “elite” Connection between PACs, elections and members of Congress More money to incumbent, small percentage of the whole budget Campaigning for the Senate Cost more money then running for president. Trustee Using their best judgment to make policy in the interests of the people Politicos Adopting both the trustee and instructed delegate roles as they strive to be both representatives and policymakers. Instructed delegates
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Mirroring the preferences of their constituents. Role of Rules Committee in House An institution unique to the House of Representative that review all bills coming from a House committee before they go to the full house. Advertising, credit claming, and position taking Credit claming through casework and pork barrel How a bill becomes a law Bill introduction, committee action, floor action, conference action, and presidential decision. Standing committees
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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