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Politics of the United States
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name 3 differences between the Senate and the House of Rep.
Senate- serve for 6 years, have to be at least 30, and have to be a citizen for at least 9 years
House-serve for 2 years, have to be at least 25, and citizen for 7 years.
How many members are in the House and Senate?
Who do each of the houses represent?
House- the people in districts
Senate-state as a whole
How is British Parliament set up?
2 houses: House of Lords and House of commons
What do each of the houses in Parliament do?
In addition to making laws:
Lords-hear court cases
Commons-elect prime minister and serve as cabinet members
Name other differences between Parliament and Congress
Lords inherit position and do not have elections. Commons have elections at least every 5 years; where Congress have regularly scheduled elections.
Our 3 branches
the assigning geographical location of congressional districts. done every 10 years by state legislature.
What is gerrymandering?
nickname for reapportionment that tries to rig outcome of elections for a political party. this is reason for odd shaped districts
Who are the Michigan Senators?
Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow
What do Committees do?
They hold hearings,deliberate and markup a bill, vote on the bill, and send reports back to full committee.
What is purpose of Conference Committee?
The conference committee is there in case the House and Senate pass different versions of same bill; they get together and decide what gets to stay on the bill
If President vetos a bill, how can Congress override it?
by 2/3 vote
including or representing both political parties
Who can propse legislation?
President and the people
What is delegate theory of representation?
more like the House, the act on the the people want
Trustee theory of representation?
More like Senate, act on what they think is right, not necessarily what they people want
How does Congress serve constituents interests?
Through legislation, communication, and casework
Name the different powers of congress
Enumerated, Implied, Enforcement, Inherent
Define and give examples of powers of Congress
Enumerated: powers listed in constitution. to tax and declare war
Implied: necessary to carry out enumerated powers. National Bank, Run federal reserve
Enforcement: given in amendments. Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts
Inherent: ingrained duties. Investigate and oversee administrative agencies
the 60 votes needed to make a filabuster sit down
Name Checks and Balances within the law making process
President can veto a bill, Congress can override that veto
What are the 3 things the President can do with a bill?
Let it die after 10 days, veto it, sign it and make it a law
How many people are represenating Michigan in Congress?
16. 2 Senate, 14 in House
Why can gerrymandering be unconstitutional?
The State legislature can make it so that one party will win every election
what is a filibuster?
A person that stands up and talks for days in order for the bill not to pass.
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