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Congress PLS 4600 Introduction
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Today’s Congress: Overview 1. Congress occupies the center stage in national policy making. 2 Electoral politics influences almost everything members 2. Electoral politics influences almost everything members of Congress do, collectively and individually. 3. The majority party, through party leaders, directs and d i t th ti i th H d S t dominates the action in the House and Senate. 4. The rules and organizational structures the House and Senate adopt have a deliberate and crucial effect on power and policy making. 5. It is always easier to stop things from happening in Congress than to make things happen.
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Areas of Areas of Congressional Authority House: Bills Dealing with raising and spending revenue must begin in the House Senate: Advice and Consent on treaties, confirms presidential appointments of confirms presidential appointments of ambassadors, justices, members of cabinet
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