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Unit Two: The Legislative Branch - The Federal Level
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Who might you most expect to see talking with the President about a particular house bill?
Speaker of the House
Why might a seat in the Senate be more attractive to a candidate than a seat in the House?
Senators do not have to run for office as often
The U.S. House of Representatives, as part of a constitutional republic, requires which of the following?
debate with all members allowed to participate
"Tip" O'Neill did which of the following while serving in Congress?
Presided over the House of Representatives
The requirement of unanimous consent that applies to the Senate, but not the House, requires which of the following?
cooperation between majority and minority leadership
The censure of a member of Congress results in which of the following?
Statement of formal disapproval
Personal staff and subcommittee staff may both do which of the following?
collect information and draft bills
Which statement is true about a standing committee in the Senate?
The party makeup of each committee can shift after each election
A senator who wants to provide information to the media about her support of a particular bill would work with which member of her personal staff?
A member of the House represents a district that contains the shale oil formation in North Dakota. In order to increase her chances of winning re-election, which of these committee assignments should the member request from party leadership?
Energy and commerce
Consider a committee's vote to either report or kill a bill. This demonstrates the system of checks and balances because it shows that
Congress has considered the bill enough to do its part and take action
After a bill is voted and approved by the House of Representatives, it is
voted on by the Senate
An aeronautics firm might try to influence an appropriations subcommittee so that
defense funds in the budget are allocated to aircraft construction
Under which type of debate is a bill most likely to be weakened by opponents who petition members of Congress?
A congressperson's constituents make their ideas known and are influenced and affected by laws when
The laws affect their personal experience
Which method of reaching constituents would be fastest for a Congress member who wants to find out how the public feels about an upcoming vote?
The President can influence members of Congress and how they vote on a bill by
supporting the congressperson's legislative goals
Which representative body could cast a simple majority ruling with 218 votes?
House of Representatives
A congressional representative can help a person retain individual rights through casework by
listening to constituents talk about unfair factory conditions
The best defense of pork-barrel legislation is that it
can bring jobs and money to a state or district
A power given to Congress in the Constitution is the power to
In McCulloch v. Maryland, Chief Justice John Marshall greatly expanded the powers of Congress by
providing a very broad interpretation of the "necessary and proper" clause
The Founders decided that revenue bills should originate in the House because
representation in the House is based on population
Amendments typically become part of the Constitution by being proposed by
Congress and ratified by state legislatures
One way that Congress has used its spending authority over the years is to
Require local governments to follow specific regulations when receiving funding
Congressional power of oversight is vital because
It serves as a check on the executive branch
Political parties are most powerful in checking the power of different branches of the government when
the government is divided
Why does the President often have a broader view on issues than members of Congress?
Unlike members of Congress, the president represents the entire United States
The main reason Congress passed the congressional budget and impoundment control act was that it wanted to
Keep the president from stopping the funding of its programs
The National Emergencies Act
requires presidents to tell Congress when they plan to declare a national emergency.
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