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Lecture 9

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Political Science
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CAS PO 331
Kate Krimmel

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Lecture #9 Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:36 AM Procedures of Congress - Powers of congress ○ Taxation and debt ○ Article I (Legislative) ○ Article II (Advice and consent)  Approval of public officials by the president ○ Article III (Power to create courts) - Limits of Congress ○ Presidential veto ○ Bicameralism requires a lot of collectiveaction  Need for information  Building coalition and coordination  Workload  Individual goals (Reelection) □ Pork barrel politics □ Want to avoid legislation  Collective goals □ Majority status of party □ Balancing budget and other national issues □ Institutional reputation - Party ○ Leaders of the congress has power to control collective action  Committee assignmentsto members  Control of the agenda  Powerful friendships  Leadership PAC for fundraising  Other perks like office space and staff  Pork for constituents  Time and effort to devote to each issue ○ Authority of the leader can change depending on the unity of the party ○ Party leaders are agents of the party to coordinate ○ Leaders do not have equal powers in the House and Senate  More powerful in the House than the Senate □ House has a larger membership  The bigger the group, the harder the collective action so the leader would have a bigger role □ Senate has unlimited debate  Responsibilities are similar, main job is coordination  Leaders can serve as intermediately to the president  Party leaders broker deals between members ○ Specific party leaders (House)  Speaker of The House has the most formal authority □ Power of recognition  Speaker can decide who to recognize □ Some scheduling power  Can wait to put a legislation on the floor until there is enough support and coalition □ Power over committees  Historically, seniors of the majority party are chairs but that is not the case  Can appoint Conference Committee ◊ Combine bills and streamline negotiation  Majority Leader is the party's floor leader □ Have more power in scheduling □ Have more power in scheduling  Party Whip is the infor
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