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Politics of the United States
APGOPO CH. 11
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What is the salary of most members of congress?
How many members of congress are there?
What is the age requirement for representatives?
What is the age requirement for senators?
How many years must a representative be a citizen of the US?
How many years must a senator be a citizen of the US?
Is there a constitutional requirement for a member of Congress to reside in the state from which he or she is elected?
What is the prominent prior occupation of many congress members?
What prominent groups are underrepresented in congress?
What type of representation can a congress member claim if they mirror the personal and politically relevant characteristics of their constituents?
What type of representation can a congress member claim if they speak for the interests of their constituents, even though they aren't actual members of their constituent's group?
What is the most predictable aspect of congressional elections?
Incumbents usually win
What form of advertising allows members of congress to mail newsletters free to every household in their constituency?
What activities of members of congress help constituents cut through red tape to get people what they think they have the right to get?
What funds can members of congress obtain for state and local governments through federal projects, grants and contracts?
What are the main reasons that opponents can't compete against incumbents?
Lack of experience and money
Are voters more likely to support candidates of their party at every level of government?
What turns victory into defeat in a close election?
If an incumbent isn't running for reelection, what is the most important factor that can determine who wins?
What reformers have proposed to increase turnover in congress?
Legislature divided into two houses
What is the constitutional convention agreement that created bicameral legislature in the US?
Number of states that have only 1 representative in congress
What house of congress is the most hierarchical and disciplined?
The house of representatives
Which house of congress has the power to initiate all revenue bills?
What house of congress that has the power to impeach government officials?
What house of Congress has the power to confirm presidential nominations?
Who is the most important leader of the house of representatives?
Speaker of the House
What is the only legislative office mandated by the constitution?
House of Representatives
What are the speaker of the house's two main responsibilities pertaining to committees?
Making committee assignments, assigns bills to committees
What speaker of the house serves when his/her party differs from the presidents party?
Who is the speaker of the house's principal partisan ally in the house?
Who is the leader of the opposition party in the house?
Who are party leaders who assist the majority and minority leaders to count votes beforehand and lean on waverers whose votes are crucial to the passage of a bill favored by the party?
Where does most of the real work of congress occur?
What are permanent committees which handle bills in the different policy areas?
What committees are made up of members of both senate and the house?
What committees are formed to iron out the differences in senate and house bills in order to bring back a single bill?
What do conference committees produce?
What committees are temporary or permanent and have a specific purpose?
What position is the most important influence of committees' agendas and scheduling hearings?
What, until the 1970s, was the simplest way of picking committee chairs?
Is the seniority system still the general rule for picking committee chairs?
What group of members of congress share some interest or characteristic?
What do most congressional staffers spend their time on?
What is the role of congressional staffer?
assistant to congressmen
What staff agency administered by the library of congress provides congress members with info and nonpartisan studies?
Congressional research service
What staff agency helps congress perform its oversight function by reviewing the activities of the executive branch to see if it's following the congressional intent of laws?
Government accountability office
What staff agency that focuses on the president's budget and makes projections about the performance of the economy?
Congressional budget office
What is a proposed law drafted in precise legal language?
Who can formally submit a bill for consideration?
What committee reviews most House bills before they go to the full House?
House rules committee
What does each house rule committee give a bill?
What do rules do?
Schedules bill, allots time for debate, specifies what kinds of amendments may be offered
What is a committees most important output?
What is the process of monitoring the executive branch bureaucracy and it's administration of policy?
What do committees hold to conduct legislative oversight?
Where is debate more tightly controlled (house or senate?)
House of representatives
What is a strategy that allows a senator who's opposed to a bill to engage in unlimited debate to prevent the senate from voting on the bill?
What senator conducted the longest filibuster ever?
Strom Thurmond (SC)
What was Thurmond trying to prevent the passage of?
Civil Rights Act
How many number of senators are required to halt a filibuster?
What do senators invoke to halt filibusters?
Are senators reluctant to vote for cloture because of the fear it will be used against them when they want to filibuster?
What type of legislation do party leaders often use to address numerous and sometimes unrelated subjects, issues, or programs to create winning coalitions, which force members to support an entire bill in order to obtain passage of the individual parts they want?
Which party is more supportive of government action to support social welfare issues?
Which party is more supportive of government action to regulate the economy?
What party is more supportive of greater expenditures on defense and the use of force to pursue an aggressive foreign policy?
What are 2 ways party leaders exert influence on members?
Making committee assignments, providing information
Because republicans have become more consistently conservative and democrats more consistently liberal, what has been the result of the increase ideological differences between parties in congress?
More difficulty in compromise
What has triggered the partisan makeup of house districts?
Draw by state legislatures
What concept of legislators calls for them to use their best judgement in the interest of their constituents?
What concept of legislators calls for them to mirror the preferences of their constituents?
What concept of legislators has them adopt both trustee and instructed delegate to be both representatives and policymakers?
What is the best way for constituents to influence congressional voting?
Elect a rep who agrees with your views
What is the typical determinant of a congressional member's vote?
What are the main reasons congress spends too much money?
Protects the interests of too many people
Do people whose party is out of power still basically trust the other party to run the government?
What is an example of a pork barrel that involved rerouting a highway through mile 3.5 tunnel rather than through the heart of the city?
Boston Big Dig
What state has the only unicameral legislature in the US?
Which states have only one representatives in congress?
Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming
The framers of the constitution thought the senate would protect the ________ counteracting the tendency of the house to protect the _______
Elite interests; interests of the masses
What senate majority leader Robert Dole once dubbed himself?
How many staff members typically work for a representative?
How many staff members typically work for a senator?
How many individuals work for members of congress?
More than 11,000
Approx. how many bills are introduced during a term of congress?
How long Thurmond conducted his filibuster?
24 hours, 18 minutes
Who conducted a filibuster to prevent John Brennan from being confirmed as CIA director?
Rand Paul (KY)
How long did Rand Paul conducted his filibuster?
Almost 13 hours
What is reducing the number of votes required to end a debate on nominations from 2/3 to a simple majority called?
How many republican votes did Obama get for his health care program?
How many registered lobbyists seek to influence congress?
What movement has helped elect many members of congress who vigorously support scaling back the role of the federal government?
Speaker of House
House Majority Leader
House Majority Whip
House Minority Leader
House Minority Whip
Senate Majority Leader
Senate Majority Whip
Senate Minority Leader
Senate Minority Whip
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