Congress - How Congress is organized o Bicameral- one upper...

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How Congress is organized o Bicameral- one upper house/one lower house. o Senate- (100) o House of Representatives- (435) Three main reasons why congress has two chambers. 1) Represents states equally (senate) and through population (house). 2) Different election constituencies. 3) Divides power. Why are the 435 representatives? o That’s how many seats there are in the House of Representatives. The senate is chosen by o State Legislatures. The house is chosen by o The People The House of Representatives and the Senate must agree for something to become a law. Two Organizing Principles of each chamber. o Committees- handle substance of legislation. When a bill gets referred to a committee they hold hearings called Mark- Up Sessions. The rules committee is the most powerful because they debate on what legislation gets heard.
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o Parties- control workflow and scheduling debates and voting. The duties of House of Representatives
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course POLITICAL 1101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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