Congressional Voting Behavior

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Congressional Voting Behavior Influences on congressional voting o Staff- very few congressmen believe that staff has an influence on the way they vote but may be more influential than congressmen realize o Constituents- are they trustees or delegates? They are generally on their own in terms of voting except when a vote has a direct affect on the region or an important group that lives in the district o Other representatives/senators- this is the most likely source of influence on any particular vote, it is a heuristic (a short-cut), also many members have a certain expertise and this gives them great influence o Personal considerations How much party discipline is there? o Party unity votes- a congressional vote where a majority of Democrats
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Unformatted text preview: lines up against a majority of Republicans o About half of votes are party unity votes o Must work for discipline o Power comes from what leadership can do for the partyhave control over resources i.e. fate of bills, pork, committee assignments o Leaders become leaders because they are effective politicians, often not from the ideological extremes of the party, but can negotiate between different wings of the party o Eurorebels- conservatives who were very hostile to the thought of the integration of the EU and they were basically booted out of the party o Members of the party share similar goals and ideas which leads to the amount of party discipline...
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