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Political Science Week 4 Notes Feb. 9-11

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Date Created: 02/20/16
Political Science Week 4 Notes Tuesday­Thursday Feb. 9­11 Congress  House of Representatives: the size is 435 by law since 1922, distributed according to  population and elected in congressional districts. Each state guaranteed one  representative, reapportionment every 10 years after census, must be 25 years old. The  average years of service is 9.1 years, and a 90% re­election.  Senate: Each state has 2 senators, must be at least 30 years old, 9 years in the Senate, and  the average years of service is 10.2 years.  Differences between the House and the Senate:   HOUSE: the house is larger with 435, they have a shorter term office of 2 years,  and there are more restraints on members, less media coverage, more powerful  leaders, and short debates.  SENATE: the senate is smaller with 100, they have a longer term office of 6  years, less restraints on members, more media coverage, less powerful leaders,  and long debates.  Standing Committees: They are the work horses of Congress, 20 standing committees in  the House and 16 in the Senate. They have their own rules, members, offices, staff  broken down into subcommittees for division of labor, and a bill must be approved by  majority vote before consideration by the entire Senate or House.  Select of Special Committees: temporary panels set up to do specific jobs, study,  investigate, and recommend.  Joint committees: Includes both the House and the Senate, coordinates policy on routine  matters, the most important are Joint Economic Committees and Joint Committee on  Taxation.  Conference Committees: temporary committees comprised of equal numbers of  representatives and senators to iron out differences between the House and the Senate  versions of the same bill. They are appointed by chairs of the standing committees that  initially approved the bill in the first place.  Committees in the House:   Rules: decides which bills make it to the floor debate, may amend bills or send  them back to the committees, and they set the rules for the debate on the floor.  Ways and Means: Deals with tax legislation which must originate in the House.  Appropriations: Decides how money is spent within overall limits in the  presidential and or congressional budgets.  Committees in the Senate:   Judiciary: Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices.  Foreign Relations: most important watchdog over foreign policy, key role in  confirming ambassadors and ratifying treaties.  Appropriations: functions like a court of appeal for interests groups adversely  affected by funding decisions in the House. **Note: There was a video on Tuesday so these are only the notes from the PowerPoint on  Thursday. **


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