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Transcript of Congress
Speakers of the House
Can you name the last 10 Speakers?
Leaders of the Senate
VP of the US - president (symbolic and to break ties)
presiding officer (1 hour)
LBJ 1955 through Jan 1961
What do congressional leaders do?
High levels of safe seats insulate Congressmen from average people
It undermines teamwork
1. a long time member of the House
2. Once elected, remain Speaker
Majority leader vs. Minority leader
Committee chairs and vice-chairs
Limits on leadership
What is happening
absence of trust
fear of compromise
lack of motivation
avoid accountability - posturing
disregard for all circumstances and consequences other than the next election
Voters, media, grassroots, I/G, money, leadership
No one wins
too much power in the hands of the Speaker
too much individualism in the Senate
get rid of the 60% rule