Congress 1 - Congress 1 Chapter 10 Institutional Basics...

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Congress 1 Chapter 10 Institutional Basics Congress is a bicameral legislature A function of the Great Compromise Bills need to pass through both House and Senate in identical form before becoming law *The two chambers of Congress (House and Senate) differ on many dimensions Is Congress Representative? Elections The Advantages of Incumbency Staying in Congress A person has a good chance of staying in Congress once elected to Congress Reelection rates in the House and Senate run about 90 percent Most seats are “safe” Individual members will be reelected even if voters think that Congress as a whole is doing a bad job! “Safe Seats” in the House Returning to Congress Why the incumbent advantage? Incumbents are always running for reelection Primary goal is reelection *Already know that incumbents have an enormous advantage in fund raising House campaigns cost about $500,000 Incumbents outspend challengers 4:1
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Senate campaigns cost several millions PAC Spending for Congressional Races Advantages of Incumbency * Name recognition
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course PS 1010 taught by Professor Yahrmatter during the Fall '08 term at Wayne State University.

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