The House Speaker

HideShow resource information
View mindmap
  • THE HOUSE SPEAKER
    • Elected by the whole House every 2 years at the beginning of each term
      • This type of election usually means that the speaker usually belongs to the majority party in the house
        • The constitution doesn't specify that the speaker must come from the House, however they all have so far
          • According to the constitution, the speaker is next in line to the presidency after the Vice
            • The 25th amendment however states that if a vacancy occurs in the Vice's office then it must be filled, thus making this an irrelevant claim.
    • Powers of the Speaker
      • Appoints standing committee and conference committee chairs
        • Nancy Pelosi's appointees were referred to as "Friends of Nancy"
        • The Seniority rule is often ignored as the speaker uses their power to appoint who they want
          • Very important power when wanting to pass of block legislation
            • Nancy Pelosi's appointees were referred to as "Friends of Nancy"
      • Refers bills to standing committees
        • Appoints standing committee and conference committee chairs
          • The Seniority rule is often ignored as the speaker uses their power to appoint who they want
            • Very important power when wanting to pass of block legislation
        • Decides Points of Order
        • Interprets and enforces rules.
        • Presiding Officer of the House
      • According to the constitution, the speaker is next in line to the presidency after the Vice
        • The 25th amendment however states that if a vacancy occurs in the Vice's office then it must be filled, thus making this an irrelevant claim.
      • The speaker controls the flow of legislation
        • Refers bills to standing committees
        • If Congress is controlled by one party and the presidency another, then the speaker becomes a leader of the opposition in a sense.
          • EXAMPLE, John Boehner in Obama's last 2 years of his 1st term.
      • Powers of the Speaker
        • Decides Points of Order
        • Interprets and enforces rules.
        • Presiding Officer of the House

      Comments

      No comments have yet been made

      Similar Government & Politics resources:

      See all Government & Politics resources »See all The legislative branch of the US government resources »