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What is the implication for the Speaker of the House?

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checkyyy | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:29 AM via web

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What is the implication for the Speaker of the House?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:42 AM (Answer #1)

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If there is an “implication for the Speaker of the House,” it has nothing to do with him personally.  Instead, it has to do with the fact that there is such an office and with the powers that the office holds.

The Speaker of the House is the person who is most in control of the House of Representatives.  This person is typically the leader of the party that has the most members in the House.  Today, the Speaker is John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio.  The Speaker has a great deal of power because the rules of the House of Representatives are set up to give the Speaker such power.  The House is set up so that a Speaker can have a great deal of influence over what goes on in that chamber. 

The implication of this is that the House can be run much more efficiently than the Senate.  A Speaker of the House can get their agenda through with much less trouble than a Senate Majority Leader can.  This means that the House is more likely to be able to pass partisan legislation than the Senate is.  This is the main implication of the Speaker of the House.

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