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45 Cards in this Set

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Two Roles of Responsibilities
1) To make laws in order tp benefit common good (trustee) 2) to promote local interest (delegate)
Power of Impeachment
1) House determines if there is enough evidence to go to trial 2) Senate hold trial
Basic Structure of Legislative Branch
1) U.S. Senate 2) House of Rep.
Fewer resources; more formal rules; less prestige; power more concentrated; less media attention; local or narrow leadership
more resources; more flexibiliy; more prestige; power more distributed
Shared power in Congress
Senate must approve president's noiminations; Senate ratifies all treatise; Congress shares lawmaking with president
President of Senate
Vice President of U.S.
Party Conferences
where they elect party leaders
Committee on Committees (MAJORITY)
1) determine the structure of the legislative committees 2) determine how many positions on each committee goes to rep/dem.
Steering Committee (MINIORITY)
1) assign members of their party to Committee on Committees positions
President Pro-Tem
honorar position/meaningless
Minority Party Leader
voice of the Minority Party
Majority Party Leader
power in the Senate; they are FIRST to debat; control the floor; helps run committees on committees; assign bills to committees; sets up the calendar
Minority/Majority Party Whip
party monitor, making sure everyone is doing well.
Speaker of the House
the power recognizition; they run the Committees on Committees
Majority Party Leader (HOUSE)
assist the Speaker of the Hosue
Majority Party Whip (HOUSE)
3rd in command
Legislative Committees
1) Standing Committees 2) Select Committees 3) Joint Committees 4) Conference Committees
Standing Committees
MOST IMPORTANT: only committee to propose legislation
Select Committees
formed for a specific purpose: FEMA
Joint Committees
boring committees; printing, tax, library of Congress
Conference Committees
2nd MOST important: member from the House & Senate, resolve issues
Informal Committees & Groups
1) State Delegations 2) Within-Pary Organizations 3) Specialized Caucuses
State Delegations
representatives from the Sentate get together on regular basis to find stragities to cover their states' interests
Within-Pary Organizations
Examples: Democratic Study group, Wednesday Group, Gyspy Moth, etc.
Specialized Caucuses
specialzied in terms of race, gay, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.
Public Bills
no one person is mentioned; the intent is to apply to all
Private Bills
when passed its intended to affect a certain people/person; immigration disputes
1) simple resolutions 2) concurrent resolutions 3) joint resolutions
simple resolutions
passed by one chamber (Used to create rules to organiza how they operate)
concurrent resolutions
passed by both chambers express sentiment/opinion
joint resolutions
express opinion/senitments, both CHAMBERS & PRESIDENT
somesone dies they acknowledge despair/mourning
Introduce a Bill into the House
1) give to clerk 2) put it in the hopper
Introduce a Bill into the Senate
1) give to clerk 2) give a speech on floor
Standing Committee Action
1) Full Committee 2) Subcommittee Action 3) Full Committe Action
Full Committee
chair of this committee assigns it to a sub-committee
Subcommittee Action
where the hearings are held, information is gained; they vote if "worthy of more consideration"
Full Committe Action
when the subcommittee recommends the bill it goes here. It either gets recommended/redone
Rules Committee (HOUSE ONLY)
most bill go here, routine bills can bi-pass this 1) Issue a "Rule" 2) Limit Debate or Amendments 3) Scheduling
Floor Action
1) Debate 2) Vote
Voting on Floor Actions
1) Voice vote 2) division Vot 3) Teller Vote 4) Roll-Call Vote
Presidental Action
1) Approve 2) Veto
Interest Groups
collection of people wit hshared beliefs, attitudes
Political Acion Committees
raise money and spend money to elect politicans