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The Legislative Branch

Overview of the logistics in the legislative branch. Nity grity.
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Breanna Bellefontaine

on 24 May 2016

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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH!!!
Word, Jimmy Mad's.
http://www.senate.gov/vtour/3high.htm

Let's take a tour, shall we?

What is the point of the L. Branch?
All of that.
Your 2014-2015 Congress!
HOUSE OF REPS
REPUBLICAN MAJORITY

SENATE
Republican Majority
(but not by much.)

DIFFERENCES between
the two bodies
Sum up: Senate is interpreted to have MORE power.
It's like apples and oranges.
Stop lobbyists from going too far!
make sure reps have time to read bills before they vote
Keep the House transparent (broadcast it so Americans can see it.) *CSPAN, BLOGS, Congress.gov
Make sure "earmarks" ($ for specific tasks) are signed by the representative that wants it.
Prepare responses for/against Presidential speeches
Speak to the public about House issues
Role of the Speaker of the
House of Reps
If your party wins majority, your party then selects heads for ALL the committees. More say in what happens.

COMMITTEES:
Yes, we have departments, and congress, AND committees.

Committees are intended to assist in passing/rejecting bills in the house and senate. Sooo many are brought up each day.
Why is it important to win
House or Senate majority?
Here, have some bureaucracy.
But, factioning (interest groups) is NOT Bureaucracy.
Factioning is not bad.
Bureaucracy, really is.
Factions will be created. -James Madison
OUR GOVERNMENT WAS INTENDED TO BE COMPLEX...
BUT NOT GIGANTIC.
Framers would not approve of how large and
complicated our system has become. This is historically true.
Congress+ two bodies of law making+ 100+ committees
+15 executive departments= too many people= bureaucracy.
Paul Ryan (R)
Kevin McCarthy (R) Leader
SENATE
Upper house, 6 yr term,
serves STATE Interests- focus on reform efforts.
Can renew terms- run, get re-elected.
Harry Reid (D) Minority
Mitch Mconnel (R) Majority
2 Year term
# based on state pop.
Serves interests of the people
$ and finance.
Power to tax
-
individual,
not the states,
Power to borrow- No credit limit!
Regulate interstate commerce
Coin Money
Declare war (2/3 majority)
"Necessary and Proper Clause" Flexibility in law making.
Anti-feds did not like this. ^
WHY?
Powers of Congress
(both H and S) From the
Constitution
http://www.schooltube.com/video/89a42a6866404f4baab7/Im-Just-a-Bill
BILLS!
How do they become law?
1. Idea from rep or citizen (letter)
2. Talk in house/senate
3. Go to either house for discussion
4. Go to committee
5. Move on or "die" in the committee
6. Go to Presidential office
7. Signed or vetoed
8. Back to congress.
9. To appropriate Executive Department
to be carried out.
Bills
CRITIQUES
Our government is one of the best in the world, but
it is developing issues.
Part of democracy is to be critical of government and make necessary improvements.
66 % dis-approval rating as ofJan. 8th 2014.
Americans want to fire congress.
53% of Americans think neither party represents Americans.
40% of Americans in 2016 wont vote for an "obamacare" supporter
(Rassmusen polls)
http://www.kickthemallout.com/
Current national debt is ~17.5 trillion
In 2000, it was 5.1 trillion.
In 2008, 10.1 trillion.
In 2012, 15.2 trillion.
In 2013, 16.2 trillion.
2015...17.6 trillion

Current national unemployment rate is 5.8 % (down!)
2008, 7.1 %
2001, 5.2 %
Why is this?
http://www.usdebtclock.org/
Globalization
World conflicts
Government spending- raising debt ceiling
Voter turn out tends to be low, 36-40 %
WITHOUT VOTING, NOTHING CAN CHANGE.
WE ELECT, WE RUN THE COUNTRY.
Some people forget that.
Sometimes our system does too.
House
What can you do?
Take part in your country
vote when you turn 18
take part in this class
watch the news

Nancy Pelosi- minority (D)
BUREAUCRACY:
large number of non-elected government administrators.
Notice a trend here?
http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/those-national-debt-clocks-on-congressional-websites-are-wrong-20130312
http://www.270towin.com/2014-house-election/
HOUSE
SENATE
1932
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=BILLS
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