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  • Ashley Castello
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    The purpose of a congressional hearing is held to gather information. They are also an essential part of the process in nominating someone to the supreme court, or any other presidential nominee. They can also be a forum for proposed legislation, conducting an investigation, or evaluating a government department or congressional law. Hearings may simply explore topics of current interest and are almost always open to the public.

    Thanks, Natalie and Krista, for the additional resources.


    Ashley Castello
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    The agriculture, appropriations, education and labor, energy and commerce, and ways and means committees all have health subcommittees, so I think that all of them would be directly important to the bleeding disorders community. There are also other committees, like transportation and infrastructure, that would also be important in a more indirect manner. For example, the efficiency of a place’s transportation and infrastructure effects how quickly one can get to an ER.


    Ashley Castello
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    I would imagine that only one in ten bills becomes a law because of the complicated process that it must undergo in order to be passed. I also think that another reason that the number is so small is that a bill has to pass both houses of congress in order to become a law, and our two parties are currently so divided. When each party controls one of the houses of congress, and it’s difficult for them to agree on anything, this will make it difficult for laws to be passe.


    Ashley Castello
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    2. I think it really depends on where you live if you have the ability to vote out your representatives when you feel as though they don’t represent your interests. For example, I live in the deep South, in Louisiana, and I consider myself a liberal, which makes me a minority in my district. So try as I might, I am usually unsuccessful in trying to vote out the reps who I feel don’t really represent my interests. I need to make myself more familiar with my House Representatives, buy I know for sure that my two senators do not represent my interests at all.

    3. I do not think it is fair that all states get two senators despite their population. I agree with what Michael and Krista said about this issue. I believe this system was developed in a time where there was not so much population disparity between the states. It is a system that has not evolved with the growing and changing nation. I think it is the people that need fair representation, not each state, and that is why the states with higher population should have more representation.


    Ashley Castello
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    I do not think that congress has too much power. However, I do think that it still has it’s faults. For example, in the senate, each state has two representatives. So states with very small populations have equal representation as states where the majority of the population of the country live. I don’t think this is fair. It is an example of one of the antiquated policies that has not held up with time and needs to be reexamined.

    in reply to: Module 2.3 Branches of Government, Executive (March 29) #46272

    Ashley Castello
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    I do not think that the executive branch has grown too large. I do agree with Viviana in being concerned about the use of executive orders to govern.


    Ashley Castello
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    It is hard to answer this question without really understanding what Hamilton meant by 鈥渓east dangerous.鈥 I tend to think of the Supreme Court as the most powerful branch of government because at the end of the day, they get the final word on whatever cases they choose to hear, and I don鈥檛 think that 鈥渓east dangerous鈥漚nd 鈥渕ost powerful鈥 are synonymous.

    in reply to: Module 2.1: Branches of Government, Intro (Due March 15) #45872

    Ashley Castello
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    My immediate choice would be the legislative branch. I think there is something energetic about being involved in that kind of body, and it lends itself to the opportunity to meet and work with many different people and to really get involved in your own community. There is something appealing about the judicial branch as well, though, being able to have the final say on an issue. I have never considered running for office. It seems very intimidating to be under that kind of public scrutiny on a daily basis, but it’s not something that I would rule out moving forward.

    in reply to: Module 1: Foundations of Government (Due March 8) #45545

    Ashley Castello
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    Hi Larry. I agree with you about the electoral college. I think it is a flawed system that has failed already more than once in that it allowed someone to be elected to office who did not actually win the vote of the people. I also agree with Jen that our elected officials do not always represent our interests. I live in the deep south, and so more often than not, the candidates that I vote for are not the ones who win, so then I am left feeling like my elected officials are not actually making decisions that align with my attitudes and beliefs. However, I am optimistic that the pendulum is swinging back to the side of popular sovereignty working as it should, and that our advocacy efforts can make a difference.

    in reply to: Module 1: Foundations of Government (Due March 8) #45449

    Ashley Castello
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    The role of popular sovereignty in today’s society is to give the people the right to vote for the legislators that they believe will represent their interests. Members of society can also vote for or against laws or policies as they see fit. It also means that the government is set up to serve the needs of the people, and not the other way around.

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