Military Committee Membership in the Senate and Defense Related Constituency Benefits
The hypothesis in question is whether or not constituencies represented on congressional military committees receive significantly greater amounts of Defense Department outlays than constituencies not so represented. If this were found to be true it could have some startling implications. Do congressmen use their committee membership to the advantage of their constituencies and, as a result, to the disadvantage of other constituencies? Is military committee membership in some way determined by how much defense work is being performed in a congressman's district? Do decision-makers in the DOD reward key committee members with large defense allocations? This relationship has been proven to exist to varying degrees in several studies. The questions above have been partially answered. In the following section they will be discussed at some length along with the findings, conclusions, and shortcomings of previous research.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.