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government_review_test_2 - CLASS NOTES Congress I Structure...

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Unformatted text preview: CLASS NOTES Congress, I: Structure and Behavior • Introduction o Congress not designed to be a smooth running machine o Population Representation Smaller state populations are individually more represented than the larger states population o Geographical Representation Representatives from state, parts of states • The workings of Congress o Because Congressmen represent geographic regions, they are locally biased They see their job that is to represent their constituency, not the entire country They do constituency service to get friends (votes) without making enemies Because institutions are controlled by congress, the institutions are very sensitive to senators requests for constituents Michigan Bean Soup (Phillip Hart Representative Michigan) o Organized though the committee system What is the purpose • Essentially to fragment power o Agriculture committee has a huge say in agriculture policy Because Committees are so powerful, it means that there is weak centralized power House is more centralized than Senate Chair of the Committee is extremely important You can tell how strong the committee is by seeing how strictly they stick to the seniority system • Seniority system the longest serving partisan member of Congress will be the chair of the committee • The stronger the seniority system the weaker the party, and the less centralized they are 1Congress, II: Legislating • How a bill becomes a law o Bill is written and submitted o Sent to committee and sub-committees Debated, revised, etc o Sent to the floor to be voted on If it passes goes to president o President can then Sign it into Law Veto it Doesn’t sign it and if ten days later congress is still in session it passes without his signature President doesn’t sign it and if congress is not in session ten days later, the bill dies (pocket veto) • The paradox of Congress o Definition congress is very good at serving particular interests; it is not so good at serving the public interest. As a result congressional policy making tends to be incoherent and irresponsible. o Proof Members of congress are locally oriented • Whenever a law is brought forth, they are all trying to find a way to get money to their district • They do this with logrolling • Problem is we don’t have enough money to give to everyone’s district Presidency, I: The Office • The place of the Presidency in the national imagination o The head of State and the Head of Government Almost all democracies separate the two, but not us This way people can hate one and love the other But Americans always have mixed feelings because of this That is why when terrible presidents (Warren G. Harding) die in office, people mourn for him...
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