American Government and Politics Today

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Why Was Congress Created?. The founders feared that power in the hands of a single individual would be abused and the people would sufferTherefore, they gave national legislative power to a groupCongress was set up as a bicameral institution, with the two houses intended to serve different consti

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1. American Government and Politics Today Chapter 10 The Congress

2. Why Was Congress Created? The founders feared that power in the hands of a single individual would be abused and the people would suffer Therefore, they gave national legislative power to a group Congress was set up as a bicameral institution, with the two houses intended to serve different constituencies The House was to be elected by the people, therefore representing the views of the public The Senate was to be selected by state legislatures, therefore at least one step removed from the public

3. The Functions of the Congress Lawmaking Representation The trustee view The instructed-delegate view “Politico” style Service to constituents Oversight Public education Conflict resolution

4. The Powers of Congress Enumerated powers include: Taxing, spending, borrowing, and coining Regulation of foreign trade and trade among states Regulation of the military (state militias, an army and navy, and authority to declare war) Powers of the Senate Constitutional Amendments The Necessary and Proper Clause: allows Congress to make laws that are deemed to be necessary to carry out the expressed powers

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