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Strategies and Power Plays

Unit 3

 

TIMING: Timing is particularly important in politics. The American public (and the Congress) often has a short attention span. Real events and media coverage focus attention on particular potential problem areas, and successful promoters of solutions often ride the wave of societal attention rather than trying to create a wave of their own. Getting something defined as a problem AND getting it accepted as a problem government should and can solve are critical.

 

Unit Introduction

Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes