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Week 8 Notes PS 110

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These notes cover the first half of the Congress Lecture.
American National Government
Scott Lasley
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american, National, Government, Congress, legislative, bills, veto, house, Senate
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Date Created: 10/13/16
Week 8 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOV 10/11/16 The Legislative Process 1) Idea (anyone can come up with an idea) 2) Introduction (House, Senate, Both) (Must be introduced by a member of Congress 3) Referred to committee or subcommittee permanent committee in congress with jurisdiction over a specific policy area where work of congress gets done research, hearings, markups, reports house relies on subcommittees more than the senate 4) (House) Rules Committee sets rules for debate and amendments provides structure to the process rules committee is a tool of majority Senate: bill brought to floor at discretion of majority leader with the consent of the full senate (unlimited debate) Filibuster: stalling bill by talking endlessly Cloture: procedure for stopping a filibuster supermajority, 60 votes Unanimous consent agreements, used to limit debate and number of amendments Most legislation is brought up on the floor under UCAs but it requires negotiation for that to happen The right to filibuster is an important tool for the minority party; able to secure concessions for right to bring to floor. Legislative Obstacle Course: Before it can go to the President, a bill must be identical (from both house and senate) Adhoc committee of House and Senate is called to work out the differences It then goes back to the house and the senate to pass the revised (identical version) President can then choose to sign it, veto it, or not sign it The process is inefficient (the house is more efficient than the senate) Minority party has greater protections in the senate because of the super majority vote needed to cloture a filibuster


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