Congress Notes 44751 PLS 101-003
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Chapter 6 Congress m2 Preserves status quo incumbency advantage When House charges of cial w quotTreason bribery or other high crimesquot that person has been impeached After bill passes both chambers what comes rst conference committee NOT true about congressional standing committeethey arely concern themselves w controlling their quotturfquot Legislators elected to do bidding deegates To whom are they most responsible constituencies Agency representation refers to Constituents quothirequot reps to represent their interests amp retain the ability to re them if reps fail to perform Chief presiding of cer in House Speaker When House leaders limit oor debate amp amendments they employ cosed rule Porkbarrel project refers to legislation that awards contracts or other bene ts to a legislature s constituents NOT true of executive agreements require Senate approval within 60 days Vote to end libuster coture Use of hearings to ensure that bureaucrats do what Congress intended Oversight NOT true of gerrymandering unconstitutional to create predominantly minority districts NOT an important advantage congressional incumbents have when seeking reelection Fed funding of their campaigns Term for 2 members trading votes so that each may get what is most valuable to them ogroing What do conference committees do reconcile differences between chambers Tendency for bills to be drafted or revised to spread bene ts among districtsstates distributive tendency Individual senators block con rmation of a presidential nominee often looking to wring concessions from POTUS a hold Legislative stage that allows most in uence by special interest groups committee LECtU res Powers over domestic issues duties borrow amp coin money interstate commerce public works Fed lands promote arts Powers over foreign policy issues declare war foreign commerce raise amp regulate armed forces amp military installations but ONLY if congress chooses to assert their authority Representation House 435 amp Senate 100 3 people in my state represent me both senators amp rep in district Constituency voters in a speci c area who elect a rep to a legislative body Delegate vs Trustee delegates do exactly what voters want Trustees do what they think is best for voters Agency rep vote or you don t matter House vs Senate Districts size of districts amp what s in them matter to senate Constituency of senators represent whole state Housedistricts senatemore deliberate unlimited debate speaker of house amp rules committee decide debate time house ALWAYS deals w money bills houselimited debate Electoral system whoever gets most votes incumbency running for reelection advantagecommittee assignment Congressional districts constituency that elect a single member of congress people love m member of congress NOT congress as a whole Everyone in congress has to be on at least 2 committees Bill Becomes law has to be introduced goes to committee 80 of time bills die in committee committee deliberation debate conference committee reconciling house amp senate versions of bill POTUS action procedures in congress regular amp unorthodox distributive tendency in congress Whip systemeyes amp ears of majority party voters How Congress decides on bills consUtuency interest groups Party discipline committee assignments access to floor whip system logrolling presidency weighting diverse in uences 35 of senate 60 votes stops debate in senate libustering Special senate powers advise amp consent lmpeachmentcongressional power One way to pass bills 1 chamber passes it other follows Majority party has advantage to get legislation they want passed Speaker of housein charge of committees MOST legislation will NOT be passed for m house amp senate Conference committees resolves disagreements about a bill Distributive tendency bene ts politicians Floor votepublic to everyone everyone can see your vote Regular committeesprivate your vote not on paper Impeachment house determines if there s enough evidence for a trial senate will try all impeachments to POTUS
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