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Unit 6
Strategies and Power Plays
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The Legislative Junkie

Strategies and Power Plays

Unit 6


1. High Visibility Testimony: Proponents of legislation often try to get highly visible individuals to testify, drawing the attention of both their colleagues and the public.

COMING SOON! [Video: Hollywood and sports stars]

2. Adding a Human Face: Social problems and legislative solutions often seem very abstract. Proponents try to build support by giving a human face to an abstract problem. Allowing "victims" of existing policy to testify creates impetus for legislative action. (see examples in Unit 4).

COMING SOON! [Video: Steroids hearings?]

3. Stacking the Hearing: The committee chair and majority staff have considerable power in choosing who will be allowed to testify at the public hearing.

COMING SOON! [Video: Hearing panel]

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