Gov 2305 Chapter 11 and 12

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Chapter 11 Assignment

Since we live in a representative democracy, it’s important to know who your representatives are.This assignment will help you get familiar who represents your interests in the US Congress.

Format:Please format your assignment so that it looks similar to the outline below, using numbers and letters to indicate required portions of the assignment.I’ve given a sample below for the ‘In the News’ section.Since I am asking you to identify your three representatives to US Congress, you will essentially provide me with three mini outlines (one for each Senator/House Rep).They should all be contained in one document.

1)Identify your 2 US Senators (www.senate.gov) and your 1 US House Representative (www.house.gov).

Note: In the top right corner of both of the above websites you can enter your information to find who represents you.

2)Tell me a little about the people who represent you (this information should be available on your Senator/Reps website official House/Senate website):

a.Party affiliation (democrat or republican):

b.Date first elected to office:

c.Next up for reelection in (year)

d.2 interesting facts about the legislator

3)Tell me about their legislative work:The information for this section can be found using www.govtrack.us— go to the ‘members of congress’ section to search for your representatives.

a.Ideology score: Using the chart provided on Govtrack.us, tell me how your legislator compares to others in terms of ideology.

b.2 pieces of legislation: Using the data provided on Govtrack.us tell me about 2 pieces of legislation that your legislator has sponsored/co-sponsored recently.Try to pick interesting ones!

c.Committee membership (not subcommittees): These are also listed on your legislators govtrack.us page.

d.Percentage of missed votes: Also found on your legislators govtrack.us page.

4)In the news:Find two recent (within the last six months) news items about each of your Senators and House Rep.(total of 6 news items)
Format example (article title, date of publication, brief summary – do not cut and paste! – website of article):
Joe Biden flew all the way to the Vatican for this(2/19/15): Joe Biden, a Catholic, flew to the Vatican and had a brief encounter with newly elected Pope Francis.The only met for about 20 seconds. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/history-and…

Chapter 12 Assignment

The Powerpoint gives some background to the video, so check it out first.

PBS Frontline: Obama’s Deal
video link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamasdeal…

Transcript:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamasdeal…

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