people of their district represented by their representative
Speaker of the House
a member of the majority party who is chosen by that party and then approved by the entire House. Most powerful leader in HofR. Helps to steer legislation through the House and is in charge of floor debates. 3rd in line for President. Use the power of persuasion to exercise influence
president pro tempore
in charge of the Senate for the time being (usually a senator from the majority party)
ex post facto laws
can't make it a crime after the act has been committed
bills of attainer
must have a jury trial
representative of an interest group who contacts law makers to influence their policy making.
an oddly shaped district used to strengthen a particular group's voting strength
help the floor leaders by keeping track of where party members stand on legislation
the head of the minority party in a legislative body
try to make sure the laws passed are in the best interest of their political party
the party that has the most votes in the house
If Congress is not in session, the President can kill a bill by not signing it for 10 days
one that does not go away
an unrelated amendment that is tacked on to a bill
to be officially charged with a crime.
The powers of the legislature, and what they are allowed to do
Taxing and Spending- has the power to collect taxes
Regulating Commerce- laws dealing with air traffic, railroads, trucking, radio, tv, air pollution, and the stock market
Foreign Relations and Treaties- Only Congress can declare war. Has the power to create, maintain, and oversee the army and navy. Must approve treaties with other countries.
Process a bill must go through to become a law
1. Idea- comes from a citizen or member of Congress; some are suggested by special-interest groups
2. Introduce the bill to Congress, then it goes to committee
3. Chairperson decides which bills they will discuss and research, then the committee decides what to do with it.
4. If the bill is approved by committee then it goes on to be considered by the full House or Senate on a floor debate
5. They vote on it, and if they pass it the President can sign the bill, making it a law, or he can veto it.
The jobs of the people that work for the committee
standing committees- divided into smaller committees that deal with specialized issues
select committees-created to do a special job for a limited amount of time
joint committees- includes members of both houses
conference committee- helps the House and Senate agree on the details of proposed laws
Who is our current Speaker of the House?
Who are our current TN senators in the US Senate?
Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker
KNOW WAYS THAT CONGRESS MEMBERS CAN HELP THEIR CONSTITUENTS