Government Unit 3
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Why does the Consitution guarantee that the courts may not prosecute members of congress for what they say in the house or senate in relation to congressional business?
Freedom of Speech is a vital part of legislative debate
Senators are elected to serve
In congress, screening bills for floor consideration is a major duty of
The fact that all congressional districts in a state must have about the same number of people so that one person's vote is euqla to another's is due to the ?
Wesberry v. Sanders ruling
The regular period of time during which congress conducts its business is called a
The number of senate seats held by each state is
fixed by the constitution
All of the following are differences between the House fo Representatives and the Senate EXCEPT
method of election
Which of the following is an informal qualification for the house of representatives
must currently reside in the district he or she represents
The lawmaking function of congress is central to democracy because
it is the means by which the public will becomes public policy
Beofre the 17th amendment was adopted, senators were chosen by
The State legislatures
Which of the following is a qualification for senators?
must have been a citizen for at least nine years
The house may refuse to seat a member-elect only if he or she
does not meet the constitutional standards of age, citizenship, and residency
Which group has traditionally used its power to gerrymander congressional districts?
Which of the following is true of the House of Representatives
Every State is represented by at least one member
Which statement about congressional districts is true?
They function as voting districts within each state
When must congressional districts be held?
the Tuesday after the first monday in November of each even-numbered year
Which fact disqualifies a person from Utah in the Senate?
The candidate has been a citizen for eight years
The framers of the constitution favored bicameralism because
it allowed for fair and equal representation of the States at the national level
Members of Congress fill all of the following roles except that of
What is the point the cartoonist is trying to make?
Some senators see themselves as priviledged and exempt from public opinion.
a grant for the exclusive right to make, use, or sell new or improved inventions
a charge levied by the government, first paid by one person, then passed on to another
the exclusive legal right to copy sell or publish a piece of creative work
an ______ would argue for a narrow interpretation of the powers of congress
A(n)______ favors a broad interpretation of the Constitution, which would extend the powers of congress
the power too ______ provides a way of bringing charges against the President for any high crimes and misdemeanors committed while in office.
Who has the power to propose Constitutional Amendments?
Which of the following nonlegislative powers may be exercised solely by the senate?
the power to approve or reject major presidental appointments
The implied powers doctrine, upheld in McCulloch v. Maryland, gives congress the power to do
anything reasonably related to carrying out the expressed powers
Congress is given investagatory powers in order to
examine matters related to its lawmaking powers
The supreme court ruling in gibbons v. ogden expanded the
comerce power to include all commercial interactions
All the following expressed powers belong to congress EXCEPT
the power to tax exports
Since 1989, the expansion of power of the national government has been caused by all of the following EXCEPT
strict construction of the Constitution
Supreme court rulings have been key to broadening the scope of which expressed power?
the commerce power
The level of the nation's debt
is not limited by any government agency
All treaties must be approved by a two-thirds vote of
According to the Constitution, who has the sole power to impeach the president?
The House of Representatives
Why did the framers of the constitution include the Necessary and Proper Clause?
to empower Congress to pass laws needed to carry out the expressed powers
For what purpose does the Constitution give congress the power to regulate backruptcy?
to establish uniform procedures for dealing with insolent debtors
Congress shares foreign relations power with the
enables members to force a bill that has been in committee for 30 days onto the floor for consideration
Voted on by either house, but has no force of law
closed meeting of the members of each party in the house
majority of the full membership of either house
provision attached to an important bill
The main reason that congress creates comittees is to
divide the workload
Unlike the House, the Senate has a legislative process with
few limits on debate
Proposed measures that apply to specific individuals or places are
The purpose of a filibuster is to
prevent action on a bill
Conference committees act as a "third house of congress" when they
produce a compromise bill that both the House and Senate will acept
In both houses the standing committess
are ussually headed by members chosen on the basis of seniority
Which of the following is a way a bill can become a law without the President's signature?
The President fails to act on the bill within 10 days of recieving it while Congress is in session
A compromise bill worked on by a conference comitee of the house and senate members is
usually passed by both houses of congress
The duties of the House Rules Comittee are best described as those of a
On the first day of a new term, The House
elects a speaker to preside
To propse a constitutional ammendment, Congress uses a
When a bill is first introduced in the house, it is FIRST
given a number and title
The main way to end a filibuster is by
invoking the Cloture Rule
Bills that Originate in either house of congress may be
formulated by private citizens
When the Senate's Republican caucus wants party members to vote for a bill, the person who determines how many votes can be be counted on is the
Most measures introduced in the house die at which of these steps
The role of the House of Rules Committee is played in the Senate by the
majority floor leader
In order to prevent a bill passed by congress from becoming a law, the President may
refuse to sign it and attach a veto message
How and when bills reach the floor of the house is decided by the
Bills are introduced in the Senate by
Majority floor leaders hold considerable power due mainly to the fact that
the majority party has more seats than the other party has
In the Vice Presidents absence the presiding officer of the Senate is the
President pro tempore
The arrow labeled X shows that some bills start in the house. Where would the bills traveling along the arrow labeled Y have started from?
To which of the following does a subcommittee report a bill?
a full committee
To which of the following does a full comittee of the house report a bill?
The Rules Committee
congress can oversee that laws are being carried out
senators are elected by the people. 1912
drawing district lines to make a certain group have not as much voting power
regulating commerce international and interstate