The Legislative Branch Notes for Mycats

The Legislative Branch Notes for Mycats - The Legislative...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–12. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
The Legislative  Branch: Congress Refer to Chapter 8 in Magleby 
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Overview of the Legislative Branch 2006 Congressional Elections The Framers and Article 1 of the Constitution Congress’ role in the three branches of gov’t Dual Functions of Congress Representation and Districts The Bicameral Congress/Different Styles Structure, Procedures, Organization: Political Parties and Committees Congressional Profile Characteristics of a Legislator
Background image of page 2
Introduction to the  GA Congressional  Delegation  and the Institution of  Congress
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Georgia’s Members of the 110 th   Congress http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/states/ga/ In Georgia: 13 Representatives 2 Senators Total: 15 Electoral Votes in Presidential Elections unless Reapportionment changes it Representatives: 7 Republicans, 6 Democrats Senators: 2 Republicans
Background image of page 4
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
2006 Congressional Elections:   Majority Party Changes Senate 2004 2006 Gain/Loss Republican 55 49 -6 Democrat 44 49 +5 Independent 1 2 +1* House 2004 2006 Gain/Loss Republican 232 202 -30 Democrat 202 233 +31 Independent 1 0 -1
Background image of page 6
The 110 th  Congress New Congressional Leadership Democratic Party controls both houses Speaker Pelosi (House), Majority Leader Reid (Senate) Divided Government Democratic Party controls Congress, Republican Party controls the White House Party Tension, Oversight, Investigations increase with divided government Resignation of Attorney General Gonzales, Supreme Court nominee confirmations, Iraq War (timetable and appropriations) Voting Members: 435 Reps, 100 Senators First Congress (1789): 65 Reps, 26 Senators
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
The Dual Nature of Congress 1. Representation (Constituency pressures and elections) 2. Legislating (law-making, congressional politics, party accountability)
Background image of page 8
REPRESENTATION  in American Politics “In republican government, the legislative  authority predominates.”  James Madison Fundamental function of a legislature in “democratic” societies: Representation Legislate on the constituents’ behalf Re-present constituents’ views Trustee vs. Delegate Representative Democracy Constituents decide WHO will govern
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Congress and the Separation of Powers “Although the three branches supposedly are coequal, the legislature takes the lead in formulating the structure and the duties of the other two.” Financing the Government (Article 1 Sec. 8) Design of other branches by creation of statutes Powers enlarged by Amendments to the constitution Centralist federalism Full partner in foreign relations: Declare war, appropriations Enumerated Powers and Implied Powers
Background image of page 10
Comparing Legislative Bodies:   America’s “True” Legislature US House of Reps. Brit. House of Commons 2 yr. terms No more than 5 yrs. Elections every 2 yrs
Background image of page 11

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 12
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 32

The Legislative Branch Notes for Mycats - The Legislative...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 12. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online