Lecture 12--Congress--oldppt

Lecture 12--Congress--oldppt - impeachment Officers of the...

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Congress--the legislative branch of the federal government Senate House of Representatives
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Senate Two from every state (regardless of population) rural and Republican bias? staggered six-year terms--why? --not so responsive to popular moods - unlimited debate--”filibuster” and cloture - Recently, “the nuclear option”
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Specific powers of the senate approves treaties, federal judges, cabinet heads tries cases of impeachment
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Senate leadership Majority leader Bill Frist Minority leader Harry Reid
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House of Representatives Apportioned to each state, according to population, at least one for each state--total of 435 Two year terms --hence “close to the people” Constituent service Potential conflict: the interests of a district and the nation--”pork” More formal than Senate, also more specialization
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California congressional districts
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Powers specific to the House Introduce revenue bills Draw up and vote on articles of
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Unformatted text preview: impeachment Officers of the House • Speaker • Dennis Hastert • if House majority party is different from President’s--is leader of opposition • selects members of many committees and which committee a bill will go to and more • Majority Leader • John Boehner • Minority Leader • at present leader of the opposition--Nancy Pelosi How a bill becomes a law • Bill introduced, assigned name and number, printed • assigned to a committee (or committees) • most simply die there • especially in the House, referred to subcommittee, has hearings • there is a “mark-up” and then a report for the full chamber cont’d • in House receives a “rule” concerning amendments and debate • goes to the floor for debate and vote • goes to conference committee to reconcile versions • returns to both chambers for final vote • president signs...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2010 for the course PLSC 200 taught by Professor Diamond during the Spring '10 term at Skyline College.

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