POLS - 23 - - obsessed with campaigning and raising money...

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POLS 23 26/01/2010 11:28:00 Obama’s Obstacles: President vs. Congress The Partisian Composition of Congress House Dem = 257 Rep = 178 453 Seats Senate Dem = 59 Rep = 41 100 Seats - the plan to reform health care is in trouble because  public support has dissipated Republicans are delaying the votes Senate Vote on Health Care December 2009 Yes – DEM = 60          No – REP = 39 The “Blue Dog” Democrats - moderate and conservative Democrats in the congress(house of  representatives) - Blue Dogs started in 1995 - fiscal conservatives in the House or Rep - members originally from the South/ and districts that lean Republican
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- currently 52 members – Democrats need 218 votes from their 257 – member  caucus to pass legislation  House Members: “Running Scared” - run every 2 years - are intensely attuned to public opinion in their districts
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Unformatted text preview: - obsessed with campaigning and raising money Obamas obstacles the Divided Democrats - the polarized political class: hyper-partisanship The Party System and the Disappearing Center- confessional redistricting House Districts drawn to produce majority for 1 party-reduced prospects for centrists - Candidates appeal to base of the party more ideological, activists Senate Rules: Why can a Minority Block a Majority? - the Filibuster means to delay or bock action on legislation by prolonging debate on a bill - Filibuster can be terminated by a vote, requiring approcal of 60 Senators a supermajority Reform Senate Rules?- reform of rules require 67 votes to pass 26/01/2010 11:28:00 26/01/2010 11:28:00...
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