Presentation on theme: "Congress Chapter 11. We will be looking mostly at the U.S. Congress We will be looking mostly at the U.S. Congress The process is pretty much identical."— Presentation transcript:
House of Rep. Speaker Majority Leader Majority Whip Minority Leader Minority Whip
Senate Vice- President President Pro Tempore Majority Leader Majority Whip Minority Leader Minority Whip
Majority and Minority Leaders (The Floor Leaders) Represent the party on the Floor Serve as spokespersons Advocate their parties' policies and viewpoints Unite the party Block opponents legislation
Majority and Minority Whips Assist Party Leader Help party leader get bills passed Keep party members informed Make sure all party members are present for votes on important measures
House of Rep. Speaker Majority Leader Majority Whip Minority Leader Minority Whip (and Senate) Chairmen Ranking Member
Congressional Committees Majority Party controls the Chair Chair controls the bills Senior Minority member is the Ranking member Seniority dictates leadership Seniority Rule (in that committee)
Seniority Rule PositivesNegatives Powerful, experienced members are in leadership Eliminates fights within the party Ignores ability; rewards length of service
Seniority Rule House Republicans have recently instituted a party rule: 6 year limit on Chairmanships
FOUR Types of Congressional Committees Standing Committees Select Committees (usually investigative) Joint Committees Conference Committee
Congressional Committees by the numbers: 21 standing Comm. in the House; 17 Senate 10-75 members in House; 14-28 in the Senate
Committees have a counterpart in the other House Senate & House Armed Services ($) Senate & House Budget Committees Senate & House Appropriations Senate & House* Judiciary (impeachment) Every Bill must have somewhere to go in each house of Congress
Similar, but different name House Ways and Means Committee (taxes) Senate Finance Committee (taxes) House Foreign Affairs Senate Foreign Relations*
House Rules Committee Decide the rules for how a bill will be handled in the full House session – a very powerful committee Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
Your lawmakers: Austria: Homeland Security and Budget Brown: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Portman: Budget; Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; Homeland Security and Government Affairs
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