Choose one of the following:
1. See President Obama’s proposed list of terminations, reductions and savings at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/trs.pdf. Pick one. Lay out a strategy for winning approval. In your paper, take account of who supports and opposes the item in question. Also consider the makeup of both chambers and their relevant committees.
2. Predict what the 112th Congress will do about one of these issues:
- Net neutrality
- Housing finance
You may also write on an issue of your own choosing. In your answer, take account of what Congress did on the issue in the past on how the current partisan makeup of the House and Senate will shape the course of legislation. Also consider the president’s position and the possibility of cross-party coalitions.
3. Pick a measure from 2010 (other than the health bill). Explain what happened to it. You may choose your own or take one from this list:
- HR 5175 – Campaign finance disclosure
- HR 4173 – Financial regulatory overhaul
- HR 5281 – Immigration policy
- HR 4853 – Tax rates
- HR 2701 – Intelligence authorization
- HR 3534 – Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act
- THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov) -- official site for bill summary and status
- GovTrack (http://www.govtrack.us/) – unofficial site for congressional information
- Lexis-Nexis Congressional (http://web.lexis-nexis.com/congcomp). -- many congressional documents including searchable Congressional Record. If your computer will not accept this URL, go through the library web page (http://libraries.claremont.edu). Click “databases,” then the letter “L,” then “Lexis-Nexis Congressional.”)
- Congressional Research Service http://www.opencrs.com/
- Committee web pages, which usually contain testimony and text of reports. See http://www.house.gov/house/CommitteeWWW.shtml or http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/committees/d_three_sections_with_teasers/committees_home.htm
- Sunlight Foundation tools and websites at http://sunlightfoundation.com/resources/
- Essays should be typed, stapled, double-spaced, and no more than three pages long. I will not read past the third page.
- Put your name on a cover sheet. Do not identify yourself on the text pages.
- Cite your sources. You may use either endnotes or parenthetical references to a bibliography. In either case, put your documentation in a standard format (e.g., Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style).
- Watch your spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Errors will count against you.
- Return essays by the start of class, March 2. Papers will drop a gradepoint for one day’s lateness, a letter grade after that.