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Attached is an example of citation style and one of the sources wil attached short chapters from the books, no other sources allowed assignment is ( min 8 pages max 12 pages)

Students will answer all four of the following essays. This is an “open book” test and, in fact, references should be made to your course readings. (And remember: no sources outside of our course materials and absolutely no consultation or collaboration with anyone on your answers.) Essays should be well-written and free of typos and compositional errors. Students should show sophistication in their understanding and thoughtfulness in their answers. Students should expect to write about 2-3 typed (double-spaced) pages PER essay (so 8-12 pages total).

1. The House and Senate have similar, and yet different, rules for debating, amending, and passing legislation. Chapter 8 in Congress and Its Members explains the processes of both the House and the Senate (and chapters 20 and 21 in the Reader give examples of rules for each institution). Discuss each chamber’s process separately, highlighting at least five key rules in each case. (Do NOT, though, spend a lot of time discussing filibuster, as you will be addressing that subject in Question 2.) Which rules are most critical in each chamber? How do the rules allow each institution to fulfill its constitutional obligations?

2. Two articles on Blackboard (under “Readings”) address the filibuster from differing perspectives. (You may want to lean somewhat on chapter 8 Congress and Its Members for some parts of the question too.) First, explain the history of the filibuster—its beginnings and its development over time. Next, explain its current status: how is it most likely to be employed today? Third, what are the key arguments against the filibuster and what are those for it? (For this part of the question, consult the articles under “Readings.”) Finally, what is your own view of the filibuster? Should it be retained or reformed, and why?

3. Presidents can influence domestic policy in a number of different ways. In chapter 10 in Congress and Its Members (as well as chapters 28-30 in the Reader), a president’s veto options are discussed. Explain the veto (or “negative”) power. What is it, how has it has changed over time, and how do presidents employ the power today? Be sure to distinguish between a “regular” and “pocket” veto. How does the veto relate to the “signing statement”? (Remember, this is somewhat complicated; make sure to be subtle in your answer.) Why might a signing statement be employed instead of a veto? Finally, do you think presidents should use the veto more or less today? Why?

4. In chapter 15 in Congress and Its Members (especially 462-470) as well as the two articles on Blackboard (under “Readings”), the war making roles of Congress and the president are addressed. Explain the early history of the war power and who the Founders expected to have a larger role in the process. Also, how have the roles of Congress and the president evolved, especially since the early 20th century? Focusing on recent events, what light does the Iraq War—especially the lead up to the war—shed on the issue of the modern use of the war power? Who holds the balance of power and who should hold the balance? Explain.

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