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+ The US Congress Chapters 10 Sect 3 & 4 Chapter 11
+ Senate- The Upper House Requirements for a Senator
+ Continuous body- Every 2 years; 1/3 of Senate seats up for election
+ Personal & Political Background Most are white men in their 50s Growing #s of women, minorities Most are married with kids and have a religious affiliation Most are lawyers &/or have advanced degrees Most are born in the states they represent Most have political experience Most are upper-middle class **is NOT an accurate cross section of American society
+ Congressional Elections Must use a voting booth 1 st Tuesday after the first Monday in November
+ Compensation- Senators & Representatives Salary - $174,000 year Speaker - $223,500; VP – $227,300; floor leaders - $193,400 “fringe benefits” – special tax deduction for 2 residences Travel allowances, life & health insurances, pension plan plus Social Security & Medicare Offices – given one in DC, allowance for ones at home Franking privilege – signature in place of stamps Restaurants & gym, parking in DC & at airport
+ How can Congressmen vote… Lawmakers can represent the people as they vote… 1. Delegates – discover “what the folks back home” think and votes the way the people in their district would want. 2. Trustees – vote based on their own personal opinion- their own judgment – can ignore constituents. 3. Partisans – votes the way their party votes, even if against will of people in their district 4. Politicos – try to combine all three when deciding how to vote.