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idea: to successfully double-tack , force Senate to shelve the issue temporarily o can be forcefully ended w/ cloture rule Typical characteristics of a member of Congress o ….? Vice President’s role as the President of the Senate o duty: to preside over the senate o cannot vote in the Senate (except to break a tie) Women & Minority Groups in Congress o most are older white males o majority-minority districts tend to vote for the majority (descriptive representation ) disadvantage: decreases substantial representation (ability of citizens to elect officials that enact policies citizens favor) because minority is widely dispersed
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advantage: are very stable; congressmen will have seniority and be on committees Party Polarization in Congress – Reasons for polarization and effect on legislative process o 3 Theories of Congressional Voting Behavior o Representational vote to please constituents because they want to get reelected o Organizational vote to please fellow Congressmen (Rep or Dem) o Attitudinal conflicting pressures allow Congressmen to vote based on their own beliefs influenced by ideologies Leadership Positions & Party Organization in Congress – Role of Majority and Minority Party Leaders o House: Speaker also the leader of the party elected by majority party decides who can speak, which topics are relevant assigns topics to committees appoints majority-party leaders to committees o Senate: majority leader appointed by majority party schedules the business of the Senate has a whip Role of the Majority & Minority Whip position in Congress o Whips inform leaders about the members’ opinions o count votes etc
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  • Spring '18
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  • United States Congress

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