Learning Objectives

6.1 Describe the requirements and powers of Congress and how the congressional electoral system works.

6.2 Identify the factors that create advantages and disadvantages in congressional electoral politics.

6.3 Discuss the racial and ethnic makeup of Congress.

6.4 Explain six basic problems of legislative organization.

6.5 Relate the institutional structures in the House and Senate that help members overcome barriers to collective action.

6.6 Describe what influences public opinion about Congress and its performance.