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Weekly Notes: Congress

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Weekly Notes: Congress POLS 2311

Toni Nanez
American Government and Politics
Robert Webking

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Hey guys, Here are the weekly notes on Congress. Hope this helps ya'll out.
American Government and Politics
Robert Webking
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Toni Nanez on Sunday October 18, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 2311 at University of Texas at El Paso taught by Robert Webking in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see American Government and Politics in Political Science at University of Texas at El Paso.

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Date Created: 10/18/15
1 Speaker of the House of Representatives a b 01 Leader of the house of reps i 2nd most powerful leader in the country ii 3rd in line for the presidency Speaker of the house is elected by the house of reps itself i In fact elected by majority party of the house of reps ii Right now are republicans iii The republicans will have an election among themselves and then the whole house will vote thus electing whomever they have elected Much of the power comes from being the spokesperson for the majority party thus the majority of the house of reps Problem is that on key controversial issues it is hard to get an agreement among the Republicans i 247 of 435 Reps are Republicans ii 218 is majority iii About 4050 in Freedom Caucus might not vote with the rest if they disagree 1 They would be willing to vote against the republicans on certain issues 2 The Legislative Branch Congress of the United States a b C The people s view on Congress i Only 14 of Americans believe that Congress is doing a good job ii Historical average is 33 1 Except in 02 the country was very united after the tragedy of 911 2 In 2014 96 of incumbents people already in congress who ran for reelection won a Historical average is 92 iii So almost all people think congress does a bad job AND almost always they reelect the same people to serve in congress iv So what s going on The Legislature i Makes the laws for the community 1 The rules that control peoples lives ii In a Republic this is the Key Branch iii The people make the laws to govern their own community 1 Their own behavior 2 They executive enforces those laws 3 The judicial applies those laws Separation of Powers Checks and Balances i James Madison Separation of Powers 1 Under the constitution his 1st job was in the house of reps working in the legislature 2 In republican government the legislative authority necessarily predominates a The people support will ow to this branch thus it will be the most powerful in govnt by the people b Divide the Legislature into two different branches 3 Make the 2 branches as little connected with each other as the nature of their common functions and their common dependence on the society will admit a They have a common function amp they all depend on the same people b GOVNT BY THE PEOPLE i Different modes of election ii Different principles of actions motives c Work for the same people 4 How legislators get their positions 5 How long their terms 6 Size of their districts 7 Size of the legislative body 3 House of Representatives a Constitutional Structure i Different modes of election ii Of all parts of the constitution as originally established the most immediately responsive to the people iii Only part of the govnt elected directly by the people iv Most clearly structured to re ect the people s opinion and desires b Size of the House i Many reps is a sign of republican responsiveness ii House of Representatives has the most reps of any major part of the government 1 Originally one member of the house for every 30000 people 2 But since the early 20th century the size of the house of reps has been fixed at 435 by law 3 Still by far the most reps of any part of govnt iii Why is the House so large 1 In a smaller district each voter s opinion are more important 2 Reps from smaller districts are likely more accurately to re ect popular opinion and concern 3 Knowing the national good requires some knowledge of different needs of people in various parts of the country iv So why no larger 1 One voice out of 700000 is still hard to hear 2 Inverse relationship between size of districts and size of body a Smaller districts means larger house i Compare to Senate In Texas each senator represents about 26000000 people b One goal is to take advantage of the knowledge and wisdom of legislators so as to make better laws c The larger the body is the less likely each member can contribute effectively d In a large body decisions are more likely to be made through speeches and voting 4 Fair and Effective Govnt i Republican responsiveness 1 Frequent election 2 Many reps ii Energy and stability 1 Infrequent elections 2 Few reps iii No contradiction Need Both


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