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Chapter 12:1. Congress Organizes. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner R-Ohio. rules on points-of-order recognizes members who wish to speak decides the outcome of voice votes refers bills to committees. The Speaker of the House as Party Leader.

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chapter 12 1
Chapter 12:1

Congress Organizes

speaker of the house of representatives john boehner r ohio
Speaker of the House of RepresentativesJohn BoehnerR-Ohio
  • rules on points-of-order
  • recognizes members who wish to speak
  • decides the outcome of voice votes
  • refers bills to committees
the speaker of the house as party leader
The Speaker of the House as Party Leader
  • power stems from their position as chosen leader of the majority party in the House
senate offices provided for in the constitution
Senate Offices provided for in the Constitution
  • president of the Senate
  • president pro tempore
president of the senate joe biden
President of the SenateJoe Biden
  • presides over the Senate

-does not exercise leadership in the same way as the Speaker of the House

president pro tempore of the senate daniel inouye d hi
PresidentPro Tempore of the SenateDaniel Inouye(D-HI)
  • presides in the absence of the vice-president
  • generally is a respected, veteran member of the majority party in the Senate
party leadership in congress
Party leadershipin Congress
  • plan the party’s legislative program
  • include:

-majority or minority leader

-party whips

house of representatives majority leader eric cantor r va
House of Representatives Majority LeaderEric Cantor (R-VA)
  • second in power to the Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • has the major responsibility for scheduling legislation and keeping the party unified
house of representatives minority leader nancy pelosi d ca
House of RepresentativesMinority LeaderNancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • leads the minority party in the House of Representatives
  • acts as a spokesperson for the opposition
senate majority leader harry reid d nv
SenateMajority LeaderHarry Reid(D-NV)
  • principal spokesman for the majority party in the Senate
  • plans the legislative program
senate minority leader mitch mcconnell r ky
SenateMinority LeaderMitch McConnell(R-KY)
  • leads the minority party in the Senate
  • acts as a spokesperson for the opposition
party whips
Party Whips
  • keep party members informed of the legislative schedule
  • know where each party member stands on every key issue
  • make certain members get to the floor for critical debates and votes
house of representatives majority whip kevin mccarthy r ca
House of Representatives Majority WhipKevin McCarthy (R-CA)

House of Representatives

Minority WhipSteny Hoyer (D-MD)