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Pork barrel spending is a timehonored way for members

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Unformatted text preview: they are in office are very much influenced by electoral considerations. Three factors affect who gets elected and what they do—who decides to run, the advantage of incumbency, and the way congressional districts are drawn. Recent redistricting battles illustrate the importance of drawing district lines in deciding who wins in individual races and who controls Congress. Pork barrel spending is a time ­honored way for members of Congress to bring federal dollars to his or her home district and is often added onto controversial bills to help them pass. The Organization of Congress I. What are the basic building blocks of congressional organization? What is the role of each in forming legislation? The building blocks of congressional organization include the political parties, the committee system, congressional staff, the caucuses, and t...
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