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Politics of the United States
Legislative Branch Worksheet
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What does bicameral mean?
having two houses/branches
How long is each term of Congress?
A term in Congress lasts two years.
How many members serve in the House of Representatives? How many from New York?
There are 435 members who serve in the House of Representatives. There are 27 members from New York.
What is meant by gerrymandering?
To manipulate the boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class.
How long is a term in the House? How long is a term in the Senate?
A term in the house is 2 years. A term in the Senate is 6 years.
Who is the most powerful leader in the House of Representatives? Why?
The speaker is the most powerful leader in the House of Rep. He oversees all activity in the house and ensures the rules of the house are being followed.
Who is the presiding officer of the Senate? What is he/she only real power?
The presiding officer of the Senate is the president pro tempore and his power is fill the role as president and vice president in the absence of the president, vice president and speaker
Where is most of the legislative work done?
Most of the legislative work is done in committees.
What are the four types of committees?
Standing, Joint, Select and Conference committees.
Function of a Standing Committee?
a permanent congressional committee.
Function of a Joint Committee?
a committee made up of members from both houses of government in order to speed action on the legislation.
Function of a Select Committee?
a temporary committee for a special purpose. (under standing committee)
Function of a Conference committee?
Both houses negotiate a bill.
Which article deals with the legislative branch?
Two types of Bills?
Authorization and Appropriation Bills
What is an Authorization Bill?
Bill that allows government to spend money.
What is an Appropriation Bill?
Bill that gives money.
What are Expressed Powers? Give 3 examples.
Powers specifically granted to the federal government. Ex.) Declare war, coin money, establish army and navy
What are Implied Powers?
Implied powers are not really stated by the constitution by are "implied" in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 18.
What is a biennium?
A period of two years.
Describe the Senates power to advise and consent.
To ratify treaties and approve appointments.
Requirements to be a member of the House of Rep.
25 years old, been a US citizen for 7 years, live in the state they represent
Requirements to be a member of the Senate.
30 years old, been a US citizen for 9 years, live in the state they represent.
Who represent our District in the House?
Steve Israel represents Whitestone.
Who are New York Senators?
Gillibrand and Schumer.
Who are the first three people in line of succession to the US president?
The vice president, Speaker, and the Senate pro tempore
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