How Congress Works <ul><li>Turn in Homework Due Today </li></ul><ul><li>“ House of Representatives ” </li></ul><ul><li>You...
How Congress Works <ul><li>What rules should the new legislative body adopt? </li></ul><ul><li>What committees should the ...
How Congress Works <ul><li>Quorum?  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Number of members who need to be present for a meeting to be...
How Congress Works <ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker of the House </li></ul><ul><li>Political Party Management: Majo...
How Congress Works <ul><li>Reminder : Vocabulary Cards due FRIDAY. </li></ul><ul><li>Warmup Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
How Congress Works <ul><li>What is required to end a  filibuster ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A filibuster can be ended with 3/...
How Congress Works <ul><li>Standing Committees – those which are mostly permanent </li></ul><ul><li>Select Committees – th...
How Congress Works <ul><li>Committees do the work of Congress . It is too difficult for the whole of the chamber to invest...
<ul><li>Copy these committees into your notes using the organizer </li></ul><ul><li>Which of these committees do you think...
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How Congress Works

  1. 1. How Congress Works <ul><li>Turn in Homework Due Today </li></ul><ul><li>“ House of Representatives ” </li></ul><ul><li>You have until 11:18am to complete Classwork– “ The Senate ” </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up copy of Homework Due Wednesday: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Senate/Presidential Powers ” </li></ul>Warmup/Classwork
  2. 2. How Congress Works <ul><li>What rules should the new legislative body adopt? </li></ul><ul><li>What committees should the new legislative body create? </li></ul><ul><li>What leaders should this legislature have, and how will they be chosen? </li></ul>You’ve just been elected as a representative to the Legislature of a newly created democratic country.
  3. 3. How Congress Works <ul><li>Quorum? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Number of members who need to be present for a meeting to be held… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use of Time? </li></ul><ul><li>Process? Committees? </li></ul><ul><li>Special Problems? </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts Rules of Order (1876) is generally used by most organizations </li></ul>Rules? Jefferson’s 1801 Parliamentary Manual
  4. 4. How Congress Works <ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker of the House </li></ul><ul><li>Political Party Management: Majority, Minority Leaders, Whips… </li></ul><ul><li>Senate </li></ul><ul><li>The Vice President is the President (Presiding Officer) of the Senate </li></ul><ul><li>When absent, this position is filled by a Senator who is selected to serve as “President Pro Tempore” (Temporary) </li></ul><ul><li>Majority-Minority leadership of the party’s; Whips… </li></ul>Leaders?
  5. 5. How Congress Works <ul><li>Reminder : Vocabulary Cards due FRIDAY. </li></ul><ul><li>Warmup Questions </li></ul><ul><li>What is required to end a filibuster ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are four types of committees in Congress? </li></ul>Warmup 11/26
  6. 6. How Congress Works <ul><li>What is required to end a filibuster ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A filibuster can be ended with 3/5 th (60) of the senators voting Cloture, a motion to limit each senator is limited to 1 hour speech on a bill. 60 votes is difficult to achieve. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are four types of committees in Congress? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing, Select, Joint, Conference </li></ul></ul>Warmup 11/26
  7. 7. How Congress Works <ul><li>Standing Committees – those which are mostly permanent </li></ul><ul><li>Select Committees – those that are created for a special purpose, then disbanded after the job is done </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Committees – those in which members of the House and Senate serve on (may be permanent or temporary) </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Committees – created specially when the House and Senate have passed different versions of a bill, which must be resolved . </li></ul>Committees?
  8. 8. How Congress Works <ul><li>Committees do the work of Congress . It is too difficult for the whole of the chamber to investigate and report on every issue. The idea is to divide the work (thousands of bills). </li></ul><ul><li>Committees narrow bills down from the thousands proposed, to the few which go the floor to be voted. </li></ul><ul><li>Committees inform and educate the public by holding hearings and investigations into critical issues facing the nation. </li></ul>Why Committees?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Copy these committees into your notes using the organizer </li></ul><ul><li>Which of these committees do you think are most powerful or most important? </li></ul>

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