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PoliSci Exam #3 Notes stop before Judiciary  16:45 10/24     Congress     Backround: The founders dilemna  o Belief in Democratic theory and fear of popular gov. and concentrated  powers o The house of Reps and the senate o House of Reps directly elected** How Is Congress Structured     How does Representation work? What are its powers? Re read article I     Section 2- apportionment representation, presiding officer and impeachment Section 5 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9 Section 10 Parliaments vs. the US Congress o Selection o No executive office (article I Section 6) o Independent and discretionary powers
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o Important of constituency vs. party Operation of Congress: House and Senate o Size 435 vs. 100 House: greater need for organization, leadership, and structure… o Tension/pendulum Senate: More decentralized less hierarchial What motivates members of congress? o Policy? o Election and Relelection? o Consequences of relection motive: Institutional o Division of labor o Professionalization of staff Division of labor o Congress is organized by committees  Standing committees (20 in House) “Prestige” 1. Ways and means (jurisdiction over taxes) 2.Appropration (only committee that can spen $$) 3. Rules (only in the house)- change w/ determining the  procedures under which the house is committeed  terms*- Conference
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o Ad Hoc o Joint 10/27     Division of Labor     Congress is organized by committee o Standing committees (20 in H of R) “prestige” ways and means  appropriations rules Conference Ad Hoc (short term specific committees) Joint     (few of these, that deal with specific big tickets) Power in Congress     If congress is organized by a committee, and the work of congress is done in  committee, then the most powerful people in congress are the most powerful  people on the committees…. o Committee membership is  self-selected , and partially corresponds to  constituency interest or the policy/power goals of the representative o Policy expertise and influence increases with tenure in the committee o Leadership positions on committees accrues to the senior members of the  majority party.  o The most powerful members of congress (especially in the House of  Representatives) and the committee chairs.
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Political Parties in Congress     Leadership o Speaker
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course POL SCI 1100 taught by Professor Overby during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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