Leadership in the House

Leadership in the House - easy task. In the event that a...

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Leadership in the House The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the only presiding officer and  traditionally has been the main spokesperson for the majority party in the House. The  position is a very powerful one; the Speaker is third in line in presidential succession  (after the president and vice president). The Speaker's real power comes from  controlling the selection of committee chairs and committee members and the authority  to set the order of business of the House.  The  majority floor leader  is second only to the Speaker. He or she comes from the  political party that controls the House and is elected through a  caucus,  a meeting of the  House party members. The majority leader presents the official position of the party on  issues and tries to keep party members loyal to that position, which is not always an 
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Unformatted text preview: easy task. In the event that a minority party wins a majority of the seats in a congressional election, its minority leader usually becomes the majority leader. The minority party in the House also has a leadership structure, topped by the minority floor leader. Whoever fills this elected position serves as the chief spokesperson and legislative strategist for the party and often works hard to win the support of moderate members of the opposition on particular votes. Although the minority leader has little formal power, it is an important job, especially because whoever holds it conventionally takes over the speakership if control of the House changes hands....
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