Chapter 11: Congress



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Chapter 11: Congress

CHAPTER 11

Congress

Learning Objectives


After reading this chapter you should be able to

  • Define the key terms at the end of the chapter.

  • Outline the constitutional duties of the House and Senate.

  • Account for factors that influence the outcomes of congressional elections.

  • Describe the characteristics of a typical member of Congress.

  • Sketch the processes by which a bill becomes a law and an issue is placed on the congressional agenda.

  • Explain the importance of the committee system in the legislative process.

  • Distinguish between congressional rules of procedure and norms of behavior.

  • List several important sources of legislative voting cues.

  • Explain the dilemma that representatives face in choosing between trustee and delegate roles.

  • Evaluate the extent to which the structure of Congress promotes pluralist or majoritarian politics.



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