Congress notes - Independents Bernie Sanders of Vermont and...

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Congress The legislature is bicameral Two chambers. House of representatives . 435 members in the house. 32 from Texas Is very tightly organized ( it’s a hierarchical structure) The Speaker The presiding officer of the House Normally, leader of the majority party Nancy Pelosi is the current speaker of the house Party leaders Keeping the peace within the party Who are minority and majority leaders? Majority leader Steny Hoyer Minority leader John Boehner Whips Information channels between the leadership and the rank and file Republican party whip Roy Blunt of Missouri Democratic Whip James Clyburn of south Carolina Senate 100 members , 49 Dems, 49 Republicans and 2 independents More formal than the House Vice president of the US is the president of Senate. (He normally isn’t there but breaks ties) President pro tempore ( the oldest) runs in the absence of President of the Senate. Texas Senators: Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn
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Unformatted text preview: Independents Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut Filibuster Talking a bill to death To avoid cloture Longest filibuster was done by Strom Thurmond 1957 ( spoke for 24hrs and 18 minutes) 1964 Southern senators opposed civil rights act President Pro tempore Robert Byrd of West Virginia Senate Majority and minority leaders Harry Reid of Nevada and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Congress and the committee system 85 to 90 percent of proposal die in committee Standing committees : fixed memberships and jurisdiction, persist Select Committees : temporary committees House committees and levels of importance First level Rule, appropriations and ways and means committees Second level Nationally significant policy Third level House keeping committee Committee Formation Are formed with a majority/minority ratio Committee leadership...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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