10-7-09_P200_Notes

10-7-09_P200_Notes - 10/7/09 PLSI 200 Notes The Congress I...

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10/7/09 PLSI 200 Notes The Congress I Congress: Institutional Dilemmas -Congress is our powerful national legislature… -Broad enumerated powers to enact legislation concerning issues of national concern -Regulate economy, provide for national defense, tax revenue - Congress is Bicameral Legislature (Fragmented and Complex legislative process) -Members of Congress are elected locally -Result -Tension between local constituency interests and national issues -Tension between status quo bias and urgency of policy action So What? -Institutional Dilemmas Influence: -The ways that different houses of congress organize themselves -The ways that members behave during policy-making processes -The ways that members behave during elections -The quality of Representation House vs. Senate: Some Structural Differences Factors House Senate Size 435 100 Exclusive Formal Powers -Sole power of impeachment -Originate all bills for raising revenue, power of the purse -Sole power to Try Impeachments -Advice and Consent on
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course PLSI 200 taught by Professor Schendan during the Fall '08 term at S.F. State.

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10-7-09_P200_Notes - 10/7/09 PLSI 200 Notes The Congress I...

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