Roles of Congress●Legislating●Representing voters○Trustee? (Trust me )○Delegate?●Constituent Service / casework: helping folks●Oversight (monitoring) of Executive Agencies○Hearings○InvestigationsLeadership Powers●Majority party selects leaders in a party caucus●Agenda-setting: sets party priorities & stances●Set the Calendar:scheduling debates, votes●Bill referral: to which committee●Influencingcommittee assignmentsSpeaker of the House●Paul Ryan (R-WI)○Presiding officer○Administrative head of the house○Leader of majority party in the houseSenate Majority Leader●Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Congressional Elections●Who wins? Best predictor = Incumbency○Since 1998 over 95% of House incumbents won○Senate has lower reelection rates, still a big factor●Advantage of Incumbency○#1 Subsidized Advertising■Incumbents are more visible●Franking privilege ( free postage)●Official website○#2 Adv. Constituent Services■
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