Chapter 12 Review

Besides the power to legislate what other powers

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Unformatted text preview: f Congress vote on legislation? How do these influences vary according to the type of issue? A number of external influences affect how members of Congress vote, including the members’ constituency and interest groups. In recent years, Republicans have tried to tighten their relationship with influential lobbyists on K Street in Washington. Concern over recent convictions of a prominent Republican lobbyist for bribery and influence peddling led Congress to enact new ethics in legislation in 2007. The new law set restrictions on congressional travel, gifts, and earmarks. A number of internal influences sway members’ votes, including party leadership, congressional colleagues, and the president. Constituent influence may be the most important factor in regard to how a member of Con...
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