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CHAPTER 5 Section 2 The House of Representatives U. S. Government Mrs. Donini CHAPTER 5 Section 2 The House of Representatives U. S. Government Mrs. Donini

Admission Ticket • Do you agree or disagree with the House rule that limits Admission Ticket • Do you agree or disagree with the House rule that limits a representative’s speaking time during debate? Explain. • Help is on pages 132 -137 2

Rules for Lawmaking • Each house of Congress has rules to help members conduct Rules for Lawmaking • Each house of Congress has rules to help members conduct business. • Congress carries out most work by its committees. • Because of its large membership, committee work is even more important in the House than in the Senate. 3

Rules for Lawmaking • Party membership guides Congress in its work, since the majority Rules for Lawmaking • Party membership guides Congress in its work, since the majority part in each house organizes the committees, appoints committee heads, and controls the flow of legislation. 4

House Leadership • Speaker of the House is leader of the majority party and House Leadership • Speaker of the House is leader of the majority party and has great power and influence over its members. • Floor leaders of both the majority and minority parties are party leaders who steer bills through committees. 5

House Leadership • Party whips assist the floor leaders in persuading party members to House Leadership • Party whips assist the floor leaders in persuading party members to support laws in the party favors. 6

QUESTION • The Speaker of the House follows the vice president in the line QUESTION • The Speaker of the House follows the vice president in the line of presidential succession. Do you support or object to this plan. Explain 7

Lawmaking in the House • Members attend the House floor sessions to vote on Lawmaking in the House • Members attend the House floor sessions to vote on legislation. • All laws begin as bills introduced in the House, then go to committee. • If approved there, they are put on the proper calendar, listing the order in which thy will be considered on the House floor. 8

Lawmaking in the House • The House Rules Committee receives all bills approved by Lawmaking in the House • The House Rules Committee receives all bills approved by the various committees of the House. • The Rules committee determines which bills will be considered by the full House and places them on the House calendar. 9

Lawmaking in the House • The Rules Committee also settles disputes among other House Lawmaking in the House • The Rules Committee also settles disputes among other House committees and delays or blocks bills that representatives and House leaders do not want to come to a vote. 10

Lawmaking in the House • When the Rules Committee sends a bill to the Lawmaking in the House • When the Rules Committee sends a bill to the floor, the House may sit as a Committee of the Whole, in which 100 members continents a quorum, in order to speed up consideration of an important bill, so that the full House can then vote on it. 11

EXIT SLIP • Why is so much of the work of Congress done in EXIT SLIP • Why is so much of the work of Congress done in committees? 12