List the leadership roles in the House and Senate
Purpose of a filibuster</li></li></ul><li>The National Legislature<br />Bicameral: 2 houses<br />Senate: 2 x 50=100<br />House of Representatives: 435 based on pop.<br />Terms: 2 years, January to December<br />Recess: holidays, vacations<br />Adjourn: vote for break<br />
Who are the members of Congress?<br /><ul><li>Average member is white male in his fifties
Diversity is growing: 77 women, 39 African-Americans, 23 Latinos, 5 Asian Americans, 3 Native Americans</li></ul>Duties of Congress:<br />Pass Laws<br />Represent what they think is best for their constituents<br />Oversee the workings of the federal government<br />Help their constituents solve problems with the federal government<br />VOCAB CHECK:<br />What is a constituent?<br />
Redistricting bias</li></ul>When is the next census?<br />
The House of Representatives<br />Democrats (Majority Party)<br />Speaker: Nancy Pelosi<br />Leader: Steny Hoyer<br />Whip: James Clyburn<br />Republicans (Minority Party)<br />Leader: John Boehner<br />Whip: Eric Cantor<br />next in line to president after VP; appoints committees; presiding officer<br />Criticizes majority party programs; helps speaker; schedules bills; guides party;<br />helps speaker; schedules bills; guides party;<br />assistant to leader; talks to reps. before a vote an tries to convince them how to vote<br />assistant to leader; talks to reps. before a vote an tries to convince them how to vote<br />What is a caucus?<br />
House Committees<br />Committee: small group of representatives who work on the details of a bill<br />Only 10-20% of bills are “reported out of committee”<br />House Rules Committee: “traffic cop”<br />Decides how fast a bill will be voted on<br />Can keep bills from being voted on<br />Can limit how long a bill is debated on<br />
The Senate<br />President of the Senate: Joseph Biden<br />President Pro Tempore: Robert Byrd<br />Majority Leader: Harry Reid<br />Minority Leader: Mitch McConnell<br />
Filibuster<br />Filibuster: talk until a bill is withdrawn (minority power)<br />Cloture: limit the time length of filibuster <br /> (3/5ths majority)<br />
Get Your Congress On!<br />C-SPAN: Cable Television airs non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming. <br />
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