Key issues- constituent monitors votes. For all other matters- trust the repBalancing act. Big issues- abortion, etc. Most people think their congressmen DON”T represent them. But constituents don’t always agree!
Can you really represent us if you’re in the 1% does it matter? What do you make of these? Can you represent me or know what my life is about?
Do you have to be of a similar background to represent? Is it okay that men uniformly represent men/women? Whites represent all of the other races?
http://jeopardylabs.com/play/chapter-12-congress “Barack’s Andean pack animals.” What are“Obama’s llamas.”Herbert’s Military Operations- What are Hoover’s ManeuversGeorge W.’s Rumps= What are "Bush's tushes."Ambrose Bierce described this as 'a temporary insanity curable by marriage.' "What is love?
part of what they do is try to come up with consensus views
Took 7 years to graduate because he paid his way through- took many jobs. Interesting relationship with Gingrich- tried to have a coup in 98Speaker- leader of the House republicans- but does not debate/voteHard core conservativeOutranks Majority leaderSets the calendar, tries to make sure his party’s bills are passed.
Only Jewish Republican currently in Congress (highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history)“Rising Star”Plans agendas
First Roman Catholic VP. Secret service name CelticMeant to eliminate some explicit roles assumed by Cheney- who was very popularSaid he would provide advice in every bama decision instead of being like other VPs. Tends to get support from republicans and counsel.
Chief rep of his party in the senate
Switch to mitchOne of the strongest Iraq supportersAgriculture, appropriations2nd wife- first Asian American woman to serve in the Cabinet- former Sec of Labor under George W. millionare
2nd highest ranking official in the senate. Presides over the senate sessions when the VP is gone (is in line for presidency after VP, Speaker)Mandated by Article 1, Sec 3- kinda equal to speaker of the house. Lost an arm in WWII- Italy
Do women‟s “emotions” affect theirmilitary competence? Santorum clip
DO NOW- What does it mean to“represent” one‟s constituents? Pretend you‟re in Tim Wahlberg‟s position- A Republican Representative for Michigan‟s 7th district. Obama decides he wants to declare war on Switzerland, and you think it‟s a bad idea. But your district disagrees! They want you to declare war! The vote is today. Do you vote as a voice for your constituents, and agree to the war? Or do you vote with your conscience and vote against the war? Take 4 minutes- jot down some thoughts.
Congressional Functions Previously On… (Last week): Lawmaking Money for their constituents- pork Today: Representation! You must please your constituents if you want to stay in office! So every issue, every vote- must be considered from your constituents‟ perspective. What if… you disagree? Tensions: Interests of “home” and national interest How can Congress work together?
Representation- A DILEMMA! Trustee vs. Delegate- Edmund Burke (English philosopher) Votes in parliament- decided by his knowledge and experience, allowing him to serve the public interest. Not all opinions are of equal value. Constituents should get votes based on education (working class would get fewest amt of votes) TRUSTEE- Act in favor of common good, trust in your representative (even if it goes against interests of constituencies) Solves problem of uninformed constituents with little knowledge
Some (not-fun) facts Typical Congressman- white Protestant male, 60 y.o., wealthy, lawyer Minorities/women underrepresented
CongressionalLeadership- est. by Article 1, Section 8 2011 – 112th Congress The Obama Administration
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner Republican, Ohio Selected by the majority party 2nd in line of presidential succession
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor Republican, Virginia Selected by the majority party Acts as spokesperson for majority party Organizes party, keeps them together
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi Democrat, California Main job– keep the party TOGETHER! Maintain cohesion. Former Speaker of the House – first ever female speaker
President of the Senate Vice President Joe Biden Democrat, Delaware Cannot take part in Senate debate Can cast tie-breaking vote Rarely attends Senate hearings
Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid Democrat, Nevada Most powerful person in the Senate Directs legislative strategy
Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell Republican, Kentucky The minority leader‟s main role is to command the minority‟s opposition to the policies of the majority
President Pro Tempore Senator Daniel Inouye Democrat, Hawaii Elected by the whole Senate Presides over the Senate in the absence of the VP Highest ranking Asian- American politician in American history Most senior Senator („63) Has repped Hawaii since statehood, was a volunteer at Pearl Harbor
Michigan‟s Senators Carl Levin, Democrat Debbie Stabenow, Chairman, Senate Armed Democrat Services Committee Senate Energy, Agricultural Senior senator (7th longest8 Cmt sli serving) Junior senator