This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php
This from the Congressional Research Service.Just read pages 2-6. Simple… http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41872.pdf Recent (ish) news on the appointments procedure: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/us/politics/25nominate.html Another v useful page: http://uspolitics.about.com/od/presidenc1/tp/guide_to_office_of_President.htm
Any comparison will have the US Senate necessarily on top, but as Cameron’s woes over reform of the NHS & Blair’s failed attempts to detain terrorist suspects for 90 days illustrate, the Lords can perform an effective bulwark against government. This booklet (link) is an excellent document. It is worth printing off as it contains excellent facts … Continue reading
Obama’s budget will struggle. Unlike a UK PM the President can’t be sure to get his spending measures approved by the legislature. Barring sheer stupidity on the part of a uk government (e.g. Labour abolishing 10% tax bracket a few years ago) the PM should get his way ! Paste the link below into your … Continue reading
A must read for your A2 politics – this article was written as a result of Obama’s actions in Libya without Congressional approval: http://www.cfr.org/united-states/balance-war-powers-us-president-congress/p13092
Fot the purposes of your exams you’ll not get bogged down in differentiating these things, but nonetheless a useful distinction is made in this wiki article. Ultimately you need to be aware of how successful pork politics or earmarks can substantially improve a congressman’s chances of re-election and here the horse-trading begins. The chairpersons of … Continue reading
Few links explain pork barrel politics better. Alistair Cooke (RIP) is the master at the written word and brings US life and politics to life. This is a must read atricle for students of US Politics… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/3354949.stm Pork barrel politics in US Congress.
The United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction seems to have stalled over its central purpose – agreeing how to reduce the US deficit. The Joint Committee is a construct that includes six senators and six congressmen and unsurprisingly they are dividing along partisan party lines over dealing with the US debt crisis. … Continue reading