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AP Gov. Ch. 6, 7, 8, & 15
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In the House, bills can be forced out of committee
by a discharge petition signed by a majority
Interest groups play an important role in American politics because they
help frame the public agenda, provide an avenue for participation, increase public awareness
The Senate president pro tempore is
largely a ceremonial position
Interest groups lobby the federal courts through
sponsoring lawsuits and filing briefs
Committees play an important role in Congress by allowing for
The role of a conference committee is to
produce a compromise bill between House and Senate bills
The organization of the House and the Senate is closely tied to
The constitutional officer that presides over the Senate is the
vice president of the United States
Which statement accurately explains the difference in the way the House and Senate operate?
The House is more formal than the Senate
Congressional leaders whose major task is to keep party members in line and track votes are
How is a tie broken in the Senate?
The president of the Senate breaks the tie.
Apportionment and redistricting typically occur every
The House of Representatives has the sole power to
initiate revenue bills
Who is second in line of presidential succession?
the speaker of the House
Which of the following is an advantage of incumbency?
name recognition, access to the media, and credit for bringing federal money to their district
Every _____ years, ______ of the Senate is up for re-election.
The most often used lobbying technique by interest groups is?
testifying at legislative hearings
There are _____ members of Congress with full voting privileges.
The Senate has the sole power to
approve major presidential appointments
Currently, the most powerful economic interest groups are
The Senate needs a _______ vote to approve a treaty.
According to the disturbance theory, why do interest groups form?
to counteract the effects of other groups
Many of the most effective lobbyists are
former members of Congress
Government units typically lobby for
A PAC is the political arm of
a business or interest group
When a legislator votes on a bill based on constituent demands even if they disagree he/she is
Which of the following is a public interest group?
According to Transaction theory, public interest groups represent elites who
seek collective goods
Seeking to influence legislation & persuade politicians to support a position is called
Committee made up of members from both houses that conduct investigations and special studies.
Which of the following is a constitutional requirement to be president?
must be a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years
The president has the power to
Under the 22nd Amendment, what is the maximum number of years someone can be president?
Presidents may be removed from office by:
impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate
Presidents claim ___ when refusing to disclose information regarding confidential conversations
With the advice and consent of the Senate, the president has the power to appoint
Which is not a presidential power?
the power to declare war
Which of the following unconstitutional measures was not taken by Lincoln during the Civil War?
Dismissed the Vice President because he was from the south.
Which president established the Executive Office of the President to oversee the bureaucracy?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Surges in presidential popularity often occur due to
A president sets national policies and priorities through
his proposed budget
Using signing statements allow the president to
set aside laws that he believes are unconstitutional.
Which prominent feature of the executive branch has no basis in the Constitution?
The spoils system is
firing officeholders of the defeated party
What led Congress to pass the War Powers Act?
LBJ's dishonesty about his Vietnam War objectives
The Pendleton Act established that civil servants would be selected on the basis of
The Department of Commerce and Labor was established by Theodore Roosevelt to
regulate labor practices and employee-employer relations.
Which of the following is an independent regulatory commission?
the Environmental Protection Agency
Federal employees are prohibited from engaging in which of the following activities?
engaging in political activity while on duty
A quasi-legislative process that results in policies that have the effect of laws.
Which branch of the government funds, creates, and provides oversight of the bureaucracy?
Article II of the Constitution says the president
serves for a four-year term
The detailed ordering of who assumes the role of president in an emergency is known as
the Succession Act
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