march 2 - March 2, 2009 Government key terms: constituency...

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March 2, 2009 Government key terms: constituency service, committees, party differences in voting, patterns of leadership, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott House of Representatives = 435 members. Chosen by population. The whole house is up for re-election every 2 years. Texas has 32 members of the House of Representatives. Senate = 100 members, 2 from each state (regardless of population.) Each senator serves for 6 years. Members of the house of Senate tend to be globally-oriented. That is. .. they're elected from within these smaller geographic pieces of the country. When some big public policy issue comes up, they don't really ask what's best for the country, rather: what's best for my district? “All politics is local.” A fairly large amount of a representative's time is spent just doing favors for the folks back home (in their district) = constituency service . Only Michigan beans can be used in the Senate bean soup. This is a law. that's an example of just how locally-oriented members of the Senate are A pork barrel project (something which the speaker thinks is a wasteful use of money) = a spending project that avoids the normal channels of spending Citizens Against Government Waste = an organization that keeps track of what it considers to be
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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