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Politics of the United States
American Government - Lesson 2
Terms in this set (25)
What is the duty of the legislative branch?
to make laws
What are the 2 houses of Congress?
1. the Senate
2. House of Representatives
How long is a term in the House of Representatives?
What are the qualifications to be a member of the House of Representatives?
1. be at least 25 years old
2. been a citizen of the US for the past 7 years
3. be an inhabitant of the state they represent
What determines the number of reps each state receives in the House of Representatives?
What is the census?
an official count or survey of a population
How many members are there in the House of Representatives?
What happens if a seat in the House is vacated?
governor of the state is required to call an election to fill the vacant seat
Which house of Congress has the power to impeach?
the House of Representatives
What does it mean when a government official is impeached?
accuse of wrongdoing
What is the line of succession if the President's office is vacant?
Vice President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, President pro tempore of the Senate, Secretary of State
How many senators are there from each state?
What is the total number of senators?
How long is a term in the Senate?
How often are elections for the Senate?
every 2 years 1/3 of the senate
What happens if a Senate seat is vacated?
the governor of that state appoints a temp senator until an election can be held
What are the qualifications for Senate?
1. at least 30 years of age
2. citizen for at least 9 years
3. residency in the state the senator represents
What is the Vice-President's only constitutionally-specified duty?
president of the Senate
Who is in charge of the Senate when the Vice-President cannot attend?
president pro tempore
Who presides over the Senate during impeachment trials?
What are the consequences of an impeachment conviction?
removal from office and prevented from holding further offices
When is the national election date?
Tuesday following the first Monday in November
When does Congress convene each year?
What is a quorum?
minimum number of members necessary to conduct business
What is the publication where the Congressional journals are published?
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