3.27 - Thurs March 27 CONGRESS A Primary Responsibilities...

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Thurs., March 27 CONGRESS A. Primary Responsibilities of Congress a. Article 1 of the Constitution vest lawmaking authority in the Congress i. Overtime congress has delegated lawmaking power to other branches: the President (via executive orders)(executive agreements) and bureaucracy(via rulemaking) ii. Also Supreme Court is involved in lawmaking(via judicial decisions) B. Structure of Congress a. Each congress lasts for a term of 2 years; each term is divided into 2 sessions. We are in the 110 th congress i. All bills that were submitted in congress and not acted upon are automatically killed once the congress ends. Hence, new bills have to be submitted C. The difference between the House and the Senate a. With its larger size (435 members), the House needs more formal rules b. House members normally have time limitations on debate for any bill; on important matters it is usually one minute c. The Senate has unlimited debate . Called Filibustering (talking a bill to death). Debate may end by invoking cloture. 16 senators must sign a petition requesting cloture, and then 3/5 of the entire membership must vote for cloture d. The House has the “power of the purse” since all taxing and spending bills must originate in the House
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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3.27 - Thurs March 27 CONGRESS A Primary Responsibilities...

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