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Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Free Write:

What was the founders’ vision for Congress? Identify 2-3 goals they had in mind when composing Article I.

Why has our “first branch” of Government gone so astray? What evidence was presented in the “House Whip” article?

Will Congress retain its legitimacy among voters?


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Congress’ Image Problem

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think. -Milton Berle

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. -Will Rogers

I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. -Victor Hugo

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. -Ronald Reagan

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens – and then everybody disagrees. -Boris Marshalov

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -John Adams


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Congress’ Image Problem

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress, you know that the filibuster was invented by men. -Clare Boothe Luce

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?” -Will Rogers

“Assume you are a fool. Now assume you are a member of Congress…. but I repeat myself.” - Mark Twain


Congress image problem

Congress’ Image Problem

The most current approval rating according to Gallup Poll is 10%

(It was 19% before the shutdown.)

http://www.today.com/video/today/52562363

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/09/politics/government-shutdown-impact/index.html?iid=article_sidebar


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

According to Article I of the Constitution, what is the primary function of Congress?

“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”


What other duties do members of congress have

What other duties do members of Congress have?

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1. Represent and serve their constituents 2. Serve on Congressional Committees

3. Politicians working with their party to promote their platform

4. Run for office (Members of the House of Representatives run every 2 years!)

Why are these duties sometimes

in conflict with each other?


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Think-Pair-Share

Should a Senator vote to subsidize (give $$ to support) the production of tobacco, the biggest cash crop in his/her state, despite the tremendous health costs it imposes on Americans?

What would you do?


113 th congressional membership bicameral two houses great compromise

113th Congressional MembershipBicameral: Two Houses (Great Compromise)

What are the differences between the House and Senate?

House

Number of Members

  • Total435

  • Female81

  • Male351

  • Democrats200

  • Republicans232

    (3 vacant seats)

Senate

Number of Members

  • Total100

  • Female20

  • Male80

  • Democrats53

  • Republicans45

  • Independents2


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113th Congressional MembershipBicameral: Two Houses (Great Compromise)

House

Ethnicity

  • 41 African American

  • 32 Hispanic/Latino

  • 10 Asian/Pacific Islander

  • 2 Native Americans

Senate

Ethnicity

  • 2 African American

  • 4 Hispanic/Latino

  • 1 Asian/Pacific Islander


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

The youngest member 29-year-old Patrick Murphy (D-FL).

The oldest member is 89-year-old Ralph Hall (R-TX)


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

A variety of occupations from lawyers, doctors, educators, farmers and accountants!

Even 2 clergy members!


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Leadership in the House of Representatives

Majority LeaderEric Cantor (R-VA)

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)

Minority LeaderNancy Pelosi (D-CA)

435 Members


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Leadership in the Senate

Minority LeaderMitch McConnell (R-KY)

Majority Leader

Harry Reid (D-NV)

100 Members


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Leadership in the Senate

President Pro

Tempore

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

President of the Senate

Joe Biden (D- VP)

100 Members


Free write what was the founders vision for congress identify 2 3 goals they had in mind when composing article i

Your Members of Congress

Senators Represent the State

Members of the House Represent a District

Mark Kirk (R)

Elected in 2010

Dick Durbin (D)

Elected in 1996

Bill Foster (D) 11th District

Elected in 2012


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