Separation of US House and US Senate

CAUCUSES

12-6-2018

Separation of US House and US Senate

 

Can we take a look at the way the Congress of the United States operates? The Constitution specifically set up the US House of Representatives and the US Senate as two separate and distinctive bodies of Congress with distinct purposes in keeping with the checks and balances of our government. The US House of Representatives, as the name implies represents the people, while the US Senate represents the states. This is to prevent what corruption or collusion between members of Congress.

 

Congress has authorized the formation of Caucuses that abide by specific rules and have a purpose of uniting members of Congress toward a common goal. Some of these Caucuses are funded entirely by tax payer dollars, others are not. Over the years there are in excess of 240 individual Caucuses set up along special interests, sexual, religious, nationalities and other interests.

 

There are some Caucuses which cross over the line between the US House and the US Senate and there are members of Congress who may belong to more than one Caucus, presenting the appearance of, if not in fact creating, conflicts of interests.

 

So tell me how can Congress function properly or effectively when members are encouraged or discouraged from belonging to these Caucuses? How can members of Congress be unbiased concerning creating legislation apart from the interests of certain Caucuses? Not to mention the influence of special interest groups who petition for their cause before members of Congress?

 

There are some really interesting Caucuses so take a look at what a not totally reliable source Wikipedia has to say about Congressional Caucuses:

 

A congressional caucus is a group of members of the United States Congress that meets to pursue common legislative objectives. Formally, caucuses are formed as congressional member organizations through the United States House of Representatives and governed under the rules of that chamber. Caucuses are informal in the Senate, and unlike their House counterparts, Senate groups receive neither official recognition nor funding from the chamber. In addition to the term caucus, they are sometimes called coalitions, study groups, task forces, or working groups.[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucuses_of_the_United_States_Congress

 

As of 6-24-2018 this is a list of congressional caucuses of the United States Congress, as listed by the U.S. House Committee on House Administration.[2] For caucus membership, see the articles at Caucuses of the United States Congress by term.

 

  1. Agriculture and Rural America Taskforce
  2. Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus
  3. American Sikh Congressional Caucus
  4. Assyrian Caucus
  5. Auto Care Caucus
  6. Albanian Issues Caucus
  7. Bipartisan Congressional Task Force to Combat Identity Theft
  8. Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
  9. Bipartisan Heroin Task Force
  10. Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
  11. Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism
  12. Blue Collar Caucus
  13. Blue Dog Coalition
  14. California Democratic Congressional Delegation
  15. California Public Higher Education Caucus
  16. Carbonated and Non-alcoholic Caucus
  17. Cement Caucus
  18. Climate Solutions Caucus
  19. Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus
  20. Congressional Access to Civil Legal Service Caucus
  21. Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
  22. Congressional Adult Literacy Caucus
  23. Congressional Air Force Caucus
  24. Congressional Albanian Caucus
  25. Congressional Aluminum Caucus
  26. Congressional American Religious Freedom Caucus
  27. Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
  28. Congressional Army Caucus
  29. Congressional Arts Caucus
  30. Congressional Article I Caucus
  31. Congressional Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus
  32. Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus
  33. Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus
  34. Congressional Bike Caucus (CBC)
  35. Congressional Biofuels Caucus
  36. Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
  37. Congressional Black Caucus (Must be Black to Join)
  38. Congressional Blue Collar Caucus
  39. Congressional Border Security Caucus
  40. Congressional Bourbon Caucus
  41. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force
  42. Congressional Building Trades Caucus
  43. Congressional Buy American Caucus
  44. Congressional Cambodia Caucus
  45. Congressional Cannabis Caucus
  46. Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus
  47. Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance
  48. Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth
  49. Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues (originally the Congresswomen’s Caucus until 1981)
  50. Congressional Caucus on Bosnia
  51. Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
  52. Congressional Caucus on California High-Speed Rail
  53. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka
  54. Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
  55. Congressional Caucus on Long-Range Strike
  56. Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care
  57. Congressional Caucus on Poland
  58. Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships
  59. Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans
  60. Congressional Caucus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  61. Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
  62. Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands
  63. Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans
  64. Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Technologies
  65. Congressional Central America Caucus
  66. Congressional Chemistry Caucus
  67. Congressional Chicken Caucus
  68. Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
  69. Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus
  70. Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus
  71. Congressional Coal Caucus
  72. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI)
  73. Congressional Coast Guard Caucus
  74. Congressional Community College Caucus
  75. Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus
  76. Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
  77. Congressional Czech Caucus
  78. Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus
  79. Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus
  80. Congressional Direct Selling Caucus
  81. Congressional Directed Energy Caucus
  82. Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
  83. Congressional Emergency Medical Services Caucus
  84. Congressional Estuary Caucus
  85. Congressional Everglades Caucus
  86. Congressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
  87. Congressional Fintech and Payments Caucus
  88. Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  89. Congressional Former Mayors Caucus
  90. Congressional Fragile X Caucus
  91. Congressional Franchise Caucus
  92. Congressional Freethought Caucus
  93. Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus
  94. Congressional Friends of Egypt Caucus
  95. Congressional Friends of Liechtenstein Caucus
  96. Congressional Friends of New Zealand Caucus
  97. Congressional Friends of Norway Caucus
  98. Congressional Georgia Caucus
  99. Congressional German-American Caucus
  100. Congressional Global Road Safety Caucus
  101. Congressional Green Schools Caucus
  102. Congressional Grid Innovation Caucus
  103. Congressional Hearing Health Caucus
  104. Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
  105. Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance
  106. Congressional Hispanic Caucus (a Democratic group)
  107. Congressional Hispanic Conference (a Republican group)
  108. Congressional Homelessness Caucus
  109. Congressional House Cancer Caucus
  110. Congressional House Manufacturing Caucus
  111. Congressional Humanities Caucus
  112. Congressional Hungarian Caucus
  113. Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus
  114. Congressional Interstate 11 Caucus
  115. Congressional Invasive Species Caucus
  116. Congressional Inventions Caucus
  117. Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  118. Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  119. Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus
  120. Congressional Lupus Caucus
  121. Congressional Media Fairness Caucus
  122. Congressional Men’s Health Caucus
  123. Congressional Mentoring Caucus
  124. Congressional Military Family Caucus
  125. Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus
  126. Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
  127. Congressional Mississippi River Caucus
  128. Congressional Motorcycle Caucus
  129. Congressional National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
  130. Congressional National Parks Caucus
  131. Congressional Natural Gas Caucus
  132. Congressional Neuroscience Caucus
  133. Congressional New Americans Caucus
  134. Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
  135. Congressional Ohio River Basin Caucus
  136. Congressional Opportunity Action Group
  137. Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus
  138. Congressional Pension Protection for Working Americans Caucus
  139. Congressional Pilots Caucus
  140. Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus
  141. Congressional Portuguese Caucus
  142. Congressional Pre-K Caucus
  143. Congressional Primary Care Caucus
  144. Congressional Progressive Caucus
  145. Congressional Public Health Caucus
  146. Congressional Public Transportation Caucus
  147. Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
  148. Congressional Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus
  149. Congressional Recycling Caucus
  150. Congressional Research and Development Caucus
  151. Congressional Rugby Caucus
  152. Congressional Scouting Caucus
  153. Congressional Second Amendment Caucus
  154. Congressional Semiconductor Caucus
  155. Congressional Serbian Caucus
  156. Congressional Shellfish Caucus
  157. Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
  158. Congressional Singapore Caucus
  159. Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus
  160. Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus
  161. Congressional Slovak Caucus
  162. Congressional Small Business Caucus
  163. Congressional Smart Transportation Caucus
  164. Congressional Social Work Caucus
  165. Congressional Special Operations Forces Caucus
  166. Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  167. Congressional Submarine Caucus
  168. Congressional Taiwan Caucus
  169. Congressional Term Limits Caucus
  170. Congressional Transparency Caucus
  171. Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  172. Congressional U.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
  173. Congressional Urban Caucus
  174. Congressional US-China Working Group
  175. Congressional Values Action Team
  176. Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
  177. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus
  178. Congressional Warrior’s Caucus
  179. Congressional Western Caucus
  180. Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus (CWRC)
  181. Congressional Working Forests Caucus
  182. Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
  183. Connecting the Americas Caucus
  184. Conservative Opportunity Society (COS)
  185. Creative Rights Caucus
  186. Dutch Congressional Caucus
  187. Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus
  188. Florida Ports Caucus
  189. Friends of Finland Caucus
  190. Friends of Kazakhstan Caucus
  191. Friends of Wales Caucus
  192. Global Investment in America Caucus
  193. Historic Preservation Caucus
  194. House Aerospace Caucus
  195. House Automotive Caucus
  196. House Baltic Caucus
  197. House Decentralized Wastewater Recycling Caucus
  198. House Farmer’s Cooperative Caucus
  199. House Freedom Caucus
  200. House General Aviation Caucus
  201. House Liberty Caucus
  202. House Paper and Packaging Caucus
  203. House Republican Israel Caucus
  204. House Rural Education Caucus
  205. House Sugar Caucus
  206. House Textile Caucus
  207. House Wire and Wire Products Caucus
  208. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
  209. Immigrant Servicemembers and Veterans Caucus
  210. International Religious Freedom Caucus
  211. Israel Allies Caucus
  212. Kurdish-American Congressional Caucus
  213. Law Enforcement Caucus
  214. Medical Technology Caucus
  215. Men’s Health Caucus
  216. Mental Health Caucus
  217. Missile Defense Caucus
  218. Municipal Finance Caucus
  219. National Service Caucus
  220. Northern Border Caucus
  221. New Democrat Coalition
  222. Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
  223. Pro-life Caucus
  224. Planetary Science Caucus
  225. Real Estate Caucus
  226. Republican Main Street Partnership
  227. Republican Study Committee
  228. Romanian Caucus
  229. RV Caucus
  230. Serbian Caucus
  231. Skilled American Workforce Caucus
  232. Small Brewers Caucus
  233. Spina Bifida Caucus
  234. Task Force on Anti-Terrorism & Proliferation Financing
  235. Tea Party Caucus
  236. Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus
  237. Tuesday Group (a Republican group)
  238. Tunisia Caucus
  239. S.-Japan Caucus
  240. Veterinary Medicine Caucus
  241. Work for Warriors Caucus

 

As I stated earlier some Caucuses are funded in the House and while others in the Senate are not funded. I fail to see the purpose of Caucuses as they have the appearance of special interests written all over them and are surely comprising the Washington Swamp.

 

Think of a giant “shell game” where there are 241 shells and depending upon the ongoing legislation one must find which shell the 1 pea is under. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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