cong pol exam 2 (word 2003)

cong pol exam 2 (word 2003) - SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THE...

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SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THE SECOND EXAMINATION From the Lectures: 1. What role does Congress play in making foreign policy? 2. Select four leadership positions in the House or Senate and describe the leadership responsibilities of the member occupying each, along with how these responsibilities contribute to the effectiveness of the party. 3. Describe the tactics and techniques majority party leaders in Congress employ to achieve their goals. 4. Describe the steps first term members of the House should take to secure committee assignments of their choice, and identify the factors the Steering Committee may take into account when determining the committees to which freshmen should be assigned. 5. Describe the characteristics of the committee system that help make Congress the most influential legislative body in the world with respect to its independence of the executive branch. How do these characteristics contribute to congressional independence? 6. Name five types of caucuses or informal groups that operate in the House of Representatives and describe how caucuses generally serve the needs of the Representatives who join them. (Based on Chapter 5 of CONGRESSIONAL WOMEN, as well.) 7. Describe the way in which Congress (or the Senate alone) may affect the personnel, the practices and the decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. 8. Describe how the Supreme Court may affect the personnel, the practices and the decisions of Congress. From the Reading: 1. Baker’s Chapter 3 refers to an “epidemic of staff.” What does he mean by that and how does the role of staff in the House differ from the role of the Senate? Epidemic of staff- Staff is becoming increasingly important and the number of staffers on Capitol Hill is growing. House members can have 18 staffers and Senators have an average of 31 or more depending on the population of their state. The Senator’s role with his staff is much different that the House member’s. Staff provides senators with new issues to raise on the floor. Senators can use staff in campaigning for a presidential campaign. House members have a smaller staff so they lack that advantage. Many consider the quality of Staff in the Senate much better quality 1
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than in the House. Senators have staffers that specialize in certain fields. Senators are stretched more thinly than House members and so they delegate more to their staff, this causes a danger for over delegation. Thus, some senator’s become captive to their staff, they can be dominated by their staff. Senate staffs have longer leashes, more latitude, more freedom to negotiate on behalf of their bosses, and more likely to end up as high priced lobbyists or officials in the executive branch. House staff members are usually on Capitol Hill lifers. If congressional staff disappeared the House would be able to conduct business much better than the senate. Senate staff can be present on the floor with the senator. 2.
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