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Elections & Politics Main - Brovero

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Salience ensures a link – policies that are salient with the public receive congressional scrutiny

Rosati, University of South Carolina Government and International Studies professor, 04

(Jerel A., THE POLITICS OF UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY, 2004, p. 309-11)

The third pattern to consider is that Congress is the ultimate political body within the U.S. government. Members of Congress are
“political animals” who are preoccupied with their institutional status and power, their electoral security, and how they are
perceived within and beyond the Washington beltway. They tend to be obsessed with reelection and are constantly soliciting funds
from private contributors for reelection campaigns. A preoccupation with reelection also makes them overly sensitive to public
perceptions, political support, political trends, and their public images. If the public and their constituents are interested in an issue
and have staked out a position, members of Congress tend to reflect the dominant public mood. If the public is uninterested,
members of Congress have more freedom of action; yet they are constantly pressured by the president, executive agencies,
congressional colleagues, special interest groups, and their constituents.

Gonzaga Debate Institute 2008

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