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Examine the Decision making process in Congress. How do you explain the results that emerge from this process?

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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Examine the Decision making process in Congress. How do you explain the results that emerge from this process?

One of the most important responsibilities a Member of Congress has is to vote. Members are called upon hundreds of times a year to cast a yea or nay on a wide selection of bills, motions, and amendments. Votes on floor amendments refine policy proposals reported from congressional committees. Votes on procedural motions may decide whether a specific issue is even debated. Votes on final passage lead to new laws for the nation. Members take voting very seriously the overall average rate of participation for Members in the last few Congress has been 95% of all votes held. In 1998, sixteen Senators and nine Representatives had perfect scores, registering 100% participation. The questions Members are asked to decide include all the contemporary issues of the day gun control, school safety, abortion rights, education assistance, environmental programs, social security reform, Medicare costs, trade with China and many more.

Laws may be initiated in either chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives or the Senate. For an example of how a law is made in the US I am going

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