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CONGRESS: The Legislative Branch. CHAPTER 7. HOUSE LEADERSHIP. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE : (required by Constitution) elected by majority vote MAJORITY LEADER : chosen by majority party to represent its goals and policies

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Congress the legislative branch

CONGRESS:The Legislative Branch

CHAPTER 7


House leadership
HOUSE LEADERSHIP

  • SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: (required by Constitution) elected by majority vote

  • MAJORITY LEADER: chosen by majority party to represent its goals and policies

  • MAJORITY WHIP: assistant to MajL, agenda setter, group communicator, issue planner

  • MINORITY LEADER: leader of opposition party

  • MINORITY WHIP: assistant to MinL, liaison to minority party members


Senate leadership
SENATE LEADERSHIP

  • PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: constitutionally the VP. Monitor debates, mostly breaks tie

  • PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE: constitutionally serves if VP unavailable (ceremonial)

  • MAJORITY LEADER: elected by maj. Party to lead procedures, set agenda (leads Senate)

  • SENATE WHIP (majority): same as House

  • MINORITY LEADER: leads the interests of minority party

  • SENATE WHIP (minority): same as House


Legislative committees
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES

  • CONTROL THE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA AND GUIDE LEGISLATION FROM ITS INTRODUCTION TO ITS SEND-OFF

    • "little legislatures" determine whether a bill will reach the floor and be called for a vote


Committees
COMMITTEES

  • STANDING COMMITTEE :

    • Permanent, work on annual items

    • Responsible for issues from agriculture, armed services, energy, homeland security, ways and means

    • JOINT COMMITTEE:

    • Members of both chambers


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COMMITTEES

  • SELECT/SPECIAL COMMITTEE:

    • Temporary to address emerging issues (unless it’s a permanent select)

    • Set up to investigate or research issues beyond authority of standing committee

  • CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

    • Differences emerge from House and Senate debates

    • Includes major sponsors from both chambers

    • Compromises on the version differences

    • Creates united bill


  • STANDING:

    • Appropriations Committees recommend legislation to provide budget authority for federal agencies and programs

    • Budget Committees establish aggregate levels for total spending and revenue that serve as guidelines for the work of the authorizing and appropriating panels

  • JOINT

    • Joint Committee on Printing oversees the functions of the Government Printing Office

    • Joint Committee on the Library: devoted to the affairs and administration of the Library of Congress, the library of the federal legislature


  • SPECIAL/SELECT:

    • Indian affairs, ethics, intelligence, aging

      • Aging: studies issues related to older Americans, particularly Medicare and SS

  • CONFERENCE:

    • Process enabling most bills to become law

    • Negotiate a compromise bill that both houses can accept

    • Made up mostly of chairs from both houses committees


Committee practices 111 th
COMMITTEE PRACTICES (111th )

  • Majority party has majority of seats on the committees and names the chair

  • Assignments:

    • House members: 2 standing

      • APPROPRIATIONS

        • DEM – 37

        • REP - 23

    • Senate members: 3 standing

      • FINANCE

        • DEM – 13

        • REP - 10


Why doesn t anything get done
WHY DOESN’T ANYTHING GET DONE?

  • Consent of a bill takes too many people:

  • Majorities on the relevant committees and subcommittees of EACH chamber (and chairs)

  • Appropriations committee of EACH chamber (and chairs)

  • House Rules Committee

  • Chamber majorities

  • Majority party leaders

  • President



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