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Unformatted text preview: Congress II I. Leadership Structure II. Committees III. How a Bill Becomes a Law I. Its pretty vague how the Constitution structures leadership. It states there is a speaker and other officers. It also states that the Vice President presides over the Senate. In his absence, the Pro Temp. takes over and is chosen based on seniority. The real leadership in the House is determined by the parties. The parties in the First Congress back in the founding era were already mobilizing. The Speaker of the House is determined by caucuses held by both parties to select a speaker. The House votes and the winner becomes the Speaker and the loser becomes Minority Leader. Usually the majority parties take the win for speaker and majority leader; once and awhile a minority party will run but nothing comes from their race. In the Senate, a majority and minority leader exist. The House has whip positions that he Senate does not possess; a majority whip and a minority whip. These positions are really about organization and count votes. The House and the Senate are two different groups; the Senate is less partisan....
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.
- Fall '06