PSC Notes 102407 - 11207

PSC Notes 102407 - 11207 - PSC Notes I Congress A House of...

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PSC Notes (10/24/07) – (11/2/07) I. Congress A. House of Representatives 1. Proportional representation B. Senate 1. Equal representation C. Gerrymandering 1. Deliberate drawing of a district that favors a party D. Two Congresses Theory 1. How you act at home is not how you act in Congress 2. In DC, you have a temporary existence 3. Prime goal is elevation: higher up on the ladder E. House of Reps. Specs 1. Power Structure a) Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi b) Majority Leader: Stenny Hoier c) Minority Leader: John Bohner d) Majority Whip e) Minority Whip F. Speaker Duties 1. Presides over the House
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PSC Notes (10/24/07) – (11/2/07) 2. Counts the votes 3. Appointing committee members (important) 4. Third is line for presidency G. Rules Committee 1. Most powerful committee H. Senate Majority Leader 1. Harry Reed 2. Involved in pretty much everything having to do with power I. Senate Minority Leader 1. Mitch McConnell 2. Keeps party unified 3. His job is to reclaim Houses J. Whips 1. “Whip” people into line with the party 2. Close communication 3. Tally votes 4. Brunt work K. Vice President 1. Head of Senate 2. Casts the breaking vote when a tie occurs in the Senate 3. Ceremonial
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