Senate Minority Whip I What does a Whip do Whips have two functions 1 Counts up

Senate minority whip i what does a whip do whips have

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Senate Minority Whip (I) What does a Whip do? Whips have two functions 1. Counts up the votes 2. Uses influence to secure votes Sometimes when the minority party becomes the new majority party -- the speaker or sen majority leader resign instead of becoming the minority leader Filibuster - Informal, Senate Only
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1. All bills must pass both the House of Reps and the Senate (218 in the House, 51 in the Senate) 2. House of Reps has strict rules - 435 members, 45 min debate limit 3. Senate has few rules - 100 members, unlimited debate 4. Before a bill can be passed, debate must be formally ended - cloture (closure) 5. In the senate rules for cloture, require 60 senators to vote to end debate 6. If the debate is not ended, a bill cannot be passed, and cannot become a law 7. Filibuster us a way to prevent cloture, therefore preventing passage of a bill 8. “Old School” traditional filibuster requires “rogue” senators to keep talking to prevent cloture - not required to pass a bill, only stalls legislation 9. Today - if the senate has less than 60 senators agreeing to a bill, it cannot pass b/c cloture is not agreed to - the current senate is 52 Republican, 48 Democrat Today senate is where bills go to die A bill that is not able to get to cloture (60) is in a filibuster. It is not dead, but it is not passed either “Zombie Bill” House has the Rules Committee 1. Larger membership (435 v. 100) requires more organization 2. Rules Committee sets the rule for the house 3. Limits debate to 45 minutes a member NO FILIBUSTER IN THE HOUSE House of Reps v. Senate House Senate 435 - # of reps based on pop 100 - based on state equality 2 year term- more accountable 6 year term - less accountable to the ppl Rules committee no rules committee More structured less structured No filibuster filibuster Speaker (F) with power President of the Senate (VP- F) no power #2 in house is majority leader(I) #1 person is the majority leader (I) How do members represent their constituents? Member of congress : Representational view, organizational view, attitudinal view 1. Representational View - lawmakers are elected to represent the view of their constituents. They vote how their district would want them to. How do representatives know what their constituents are thinking? 1. **Polling - constituency polling 2. Letters, emails, social media 3. Town hall meetings Get Feedback from constituents 2. Organizational View - Lawmakers take their cues from their colleagues and party leaders - role of the leadership, whips What positions of leadership would try to impact a member’s vote? 1. loBByIst - pOwErfUL ex. NRA
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2. pReSidENt 3. speAkEr oF tHe HoUse / SeNaTE maJOriTy leADer / pArTy wHiPs leAdErShIp lEvERaGe oVeR MeMBErs tO gEt tHeM To vOTe tHeIr wAy 3. Attitudinal View - there are many decisions of a personal or moral choice that lead lawmakers to vote their own conscience E.x abortion, death penalty, stem-cell research What is pork?
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