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Unformatted text preview: Congress The US Constitution describes the powers and limitations of Congress, but says surprisingly little about how Congress should be organized, how bills should become laws, or what roles political parties should play. All of these questions have been answered over time as new legislative problems have emerged. In this activity Each group will be presented with problems that Congress has faced and will come up with a reasonable solution. The class will then discuss how closely that relates to how Congress now operates. Problem: Whos in charge? The House consists of 435 people smart and ambitious enough to get into Congress, the Senate 100 people who are smart, ambitious, and even more politically experienced With so many ambitious leaders in one place who leads these hundreds of leaders? Solution: party leaders Speaker (only in the House) elected by the members (always a member of the majority party) Nancy Pelosi Majority leader (in House and Senate) -- elected by the members (always a member of the majority party) Steny Hoyer/Harry Reid Minority leader (in House and Senate) -- elected by members of the minority party John Boehner/Mitch McConnell Problem: Things get complicated As society becomes increasingly...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor Livingston during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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