Unit 4 - Congress \u25cb Seen as most important branch by founders \u25a0 Leads to paradox and puzzle \u25cf Paradox we think congress is broken but vastly re

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Congress Seen as most important branch by founders Leads to paradox and puzzle Paradox we think congress is broken but vastly re elect our representatives Puzzle since 1970s Congress has become more polarized Due to widening gap in America's views or shows a disconnect with people Congress V Parliament Congress Latin “to come together” Parliament Caucuses Connect like minded people Association of congressional members created to advocate for political ideology or regional, ethnic, or economic interest Committees Most likely place for a place for bill to diiiieeeee Targeted by interest groups Better staffers better they look House Standing (most popular) always there permanent Propose legislation 2 standing Agriculture Appropriations Armed services Budget Education Rule Committee Rules Transportation Resources Ways and Means Senate standing committees Select or Special Committees Special purpose Limited Time One House
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Oversight Committees House: global warming, national security Senate: ethics, intelligence, aging Joint committee Committee where both reps/sen. Serve together Conference committee Appointed to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions of the same bill Chairs Originally chosen off of favoritism now SENIORITY of committee Can ignore seniority Speaker has more power Dem Elected by majority party Ban sub-committees Public meetings Closed if possibly sensitive ACA Rep Decreased number of committees 4 consecutive terms Can’t proxy vote Senate 6 year term limit Secret ballot 1997 chairs limited to 6 term year Staffers Interest groups and reporters target More specialized Soe see themselves as neutral workers helping with policies to get work done Partisan advocates Advocates for boss Staff Agencies Groups to help congress with information or check their work Congress research service 900 staffers find information needed in the Library of Congress Government Accountability Office Goes over policies and makes recommendations Congressional Budget Office Advises on likely impact on different spending programs and attempts to estimate future economic trends
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Bill measure, if passed, that becomes law; can be a private (specific people/places like immigration) or public (entire nation like taxes) Has to be introduced to congress person to clerk dies? Must start all over Process Clerk Presiding officer Which committee (majority leader senate) Table (talk about it later) in committee will kill Sub to full committee When calendared Full vote Compromise Agree Veto Veto congress overrule Pocket veto 10 days or less in session (not holidays) simply dies Voice vote members should aye or nay
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