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poli201_lec5(congress) - POLI 201 Chapter 5 Professor...

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POLI 201 / Chapter 5 Professor Finocchiaro 1 CHAPTER 5 Congress: The First Branch POLI 201: American National Government Congress: Functions and Goals The United States Congress is unique among the world’s legislatures in its capacity to legislatures in its capacity to govern. Functions of Congress 1 Representation Goals of Members 1 Re election 1. 2. Legislation 3. Oversight 1. Re-election 2. Public Policy 3. Political Influence Congress’s functions and Members’ goals are connected.
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POLI 201 / Chapter 5 Professor Finocchiaro 2 Representation and Re-election Goals Re-election is the primary goal of Members of Congress. Without winning re-election, Members of Congress will not have the influence in politics nor will they be as able to achieve their policy goals . Congressional incumbents enjoy distinct advantages in elections. Competitive Advantages Name Recognition Fundraising Advantages More Media Coverage Advantages of Office Free mailing to constituents Providing casework Bringing legislative projects to the district Representation Styles Members of Congress balance two styles based on the knowledge of their constituents, their own personal feelings, and public attention to an issue. Delegates
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course POLI 201 taught by Professor Briggs during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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