How the American Government Works Term Paper by Nicky

How the American Government Works
A brief outline of the role of leadership and committees in Congress.
# 151531 | 951 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.)

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The paper describes how members of Congress are elected and how each political party within the House and Senate elects its own leaders. The paper then explains how power within Congress is divided first by party lines and then broken down into leadership and four different types of committees. The paper looks at the duties of each committee Chairman and how the committees compose the bills that will be voted upon in the House and Senate.

From the Paper:

"Members of Congress are elected based upon which political party they are affiliated with. They run either on the Republican or Democrat ticket. Third party candidates, who run as Independents, are rarely elected. Once a person is elected, they affiliate either with the Republican Conference or the Democratic Caucus. Both political parties have Policy Committees in order to help them make strategic and tactical decisions. Both parties maintain Campaign Committees to help its members gain re-election and to defeat Members of Congress from the other party. House and Senate maintain distinct committees (Congress, n.d.).
"Each political party within the House and Senate elects its own leaders. These people become the leaders of the Congress. The party with the majority in the House or Senate has the Majority Leadership positions and the party with the minority in the House and Senate has the minority positions. The Majority Party leadership consists of the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, and Majority Whip. The Minority Party leadership consists of: the Minority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader and Minority Whip. The Senate leadership consists of: the President of the Senate which is the Vice President of U.S., President Pro Tempore who is the Senator of the Majority Party with Seniority, Senate Majority Leader, Assistant Senate Majority Leader, Senate Majority Whip, Minority Leader, Assistant Senate Minority Leader and the Senate Minority Whip (Congress, n.d.)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Congress. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2009, from Web site: damerow/congress.htm
  • Overview: The Committee System in the U.S. Congress. (2009). Retrieved November 13, 2009, from PBS Web site:

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