UNITED STATES CONGRESSSenior Social Studies
Senate Committees in ActionSen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) speaks on Net Neutrality
Leadership of the HouseSpeaker of the House: JohnBoehner(R-OH)                Majority Leader: Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Their Duties:Speaker                          Majority Leader   Presiding officer               Floor leader of the   T...
Minority Leader & WhipsMinority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (D-   Whips: Majority (Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)                         ...
Benefits of Majority Party
Their Duties:Whips                         Minority Leader   Assistant Floor Leaders      Can’t schedule work   Watch h...
Leadership of the Senate                                     President Pro Tempore: Daniel K.Senate President: Vice Presid...
Their Duties:Vice President              President Pro Tempore   Tie-Breaking Vote          Usually most senior   Can r...
Majority & Minority Leaders                                     Minority Leader: Mitch McConnellMajority Leader: Harry Rei...
Their Duties:Majority Leader              Minority Leader   Steers party bills          Schedules w/majority   Plans th...
Assistant Leaders (Whips)Majority: Richard Durbin (D-Il)   Minority: Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Current Approval RatingsPresident         CongressAbout 5 to 47% 8%
Current Disapproval RatingsPresident         CongressAbout 90 to 50% 95%
But….
Congressional Powers   Expressed (enumerated) v. implied (necessary &    proper)   Taxing & spending (appropriations); a...
Powers DeniedEx Post FactoHabeas CorpusBills of Attainder
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  1. 1. UNITED STATES CONGRESSSenior Social Studies
  2. 2. Senate Committees in ActionSen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) speaks on Net Neutrality
  3. 3. Leadership of the HouseSpeaker of the House: JohnBoehner(R-OH) Majority Leader: Eric Cantor (R-VA)
  4. 4. Their Duties:Speaker Majority Leader Presiding officer  Floor leader of the Third in line to party Presidency  Steers bills through Decides who speaks House Makes committee  Makes sure important appointments bills make it out of Schedules bills for action committee
  5. 5. Minority Leader & WhipsMinority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (D- Whips: Majority (Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) CA); Minority (Steny Hoyer D-MD)
  6. 6. Benefits of Majority Party
  7. 7. Their Duties:Whips Minority Leader Assistant Floor Leaders  Can’t schedule work Watch how party  Floor leader of the party members vote on bills  Steers bills through “Persuades” them to House vote the party line  Makes sure important bills make it out of committee
  8. 8. Leadership of the Senate President Pro Tempore: Daniel K.Senate President: Vice President Inouye (HI) Longest servingJoseph Biden majority-party member; Presiding: Only can cast a tiebreaking vote officer when VP isn’t in Senate
  9. 9. Their Duties:Vice President President Pro Tempore Tie-Breaking Vote  Usually most senior Can recognize members member & from majority party Can’t debate  VP usually not in Can try to influence Senate so… Senators  PPT fills in Spends more time  Can participate in w/President debates
  10. 10. Majority & Minority Leaders Minority Leader: Mitch McConnellMajority Leader: Harry Reid (D-NV) (R-KY)
  11. 11. Their Duties:Majority Leader Minority Leader Steers party bills  Schedules w/majority Plans the Senate’s leader work agenda (like  Steers party bills Speaker of House)  Keeps party in line Works w/minority  Criticisms leader Keep the party in line
  12. 12. Assistant Leaders (Whips)Majority: Richard Durbin (D-Il) Minority: Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
  13. 13. Current Approval RatingsPresident CongressAbout 5 to 47% 8%
  14. 14. Current Disapproval RatingsPresident CongressAbout 90 to 50% 95%
  15. 15. But….
  16. 16. Congressional Powers Expressed (enumerated) v. implied (necessary & proper) Taxing & spending (appropriations); also BORROWING Bankruptcy Interstate commerce (Heart of Atlanta Motel case) Copyrights, patents, weights measures Admitting new states Foreign policy (war, funding the military) Print money; run post office
  17. 17. Powers DeniedEx Post FactoHabeas CorpusBills of Attainder
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