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  1. Where, in the Constitution, does it list the powers of Congress? • Articles

  2. How old must you be to be elected to the House of Representatives? • 25

  3. Who has the power to choose the President in the event of a tie or no majority in the Electoral College? • House of Representatives

  4. How often are Senators up for reelection? • 6 years (1/3 of the Senate is up for reelection each cycle)

  5. What is the title given to the leader of each Congressional Committee? • Chairmen or Chairperson


  6. Why do political parties sometimes gerrymander their districts? • To make sure that their party will have better chance of winning elections

  7. What is it called when a standing committee simply ignores a bill? • Pigeon Hole

  8. Who are the two senators from North Carolina (currently)? • Kay Hagen and Richard Burr

  9. How many members are there in the United States House of Representatives? • 435

  10. How many members are in the Senate? • 100

  11. Which amendment stated your right to vote can’t be denied by race, color, or previous status of servitude?? • 15th

  12. How old must you be in order to be a US Senator? • 30

  13. How can Congress override of a presidential veto? • 2/3 vote of both Houses of Congress

  14. What is the elastic clause? • Clause that allows Congress to stretch its powers when necessary

  15. What is seniority in Congress? • Years of service

  16. What congressional position is usually reserved for the longest serving senator from the majority party? • President Pro Tempore

  17. List two examples of a temporary committee in Congress. • Select and Joint

  18. What qualification do both houses of Congress have in common? • Must live in the state (district)

  19. How can a President be removed from office? • He can be impeached

  20. Why is our Congress bicameral? • Because of the provisions in the Great Compromise (the Senate was for the small states and the House of Representatives was for the large states)

  21. How can a Senator end a filibuster? • Cloture vote

  22. How are the numbers of representatives in the House determined for each state? • It is based on the population of each state which is determined by the Census every 10 years.

  23. What are the options a standing committee has when discussing a bill? • 1. to pass it on • 2. amend it and then pass it on • 3. ignore it (pigeon hole)

  24. What are some examples of EXPRESSED powers? • The power to declare war, the power to coin money

  25. What is the first step in how a bill becomes a law? • Someone has an idea for a bill

  26. What are permanent committees that continue their work from session to session called? • Standing committees

  27. What expressed power allows Congress to control the budget for the United States?

  28. What are powers listed to Congress in Article I of the Constitution known as? • Enumerated (expressed)

  29. Which house of Congress must handle all appropriation bills? • House of Representatives

  30. How long is a term for the House of Representatives? • 2 years

  31. What are free mailings for people in office to send to their constituents is known as? • Franking

  32. How often does Congress adjust the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives? • Every 10 years (the census)

  33. If the President performs no action on a bill that has reached his desk, while Congress is in session, what happens to the bill? • It will become law

  34. Which house of Congress has the power to approve or reject all Presidential appointments, i.e. a Supreme Court justice appointee? • Senate

  35. Who makes up members of a Joint Committee? • Members of both the House and the Senate

  36. What are three responsibilities of the Speaker of the House? • 1. Decides the rules for all House activities • 2. Decides who gets to speak and for how long • 3. Decides if a bill gets to be voted on and when

  37. In order for a member of Congress to face expulsion, how can that Congressman be removed? • 1st they are impeached by the House of Representatives and then they have a trial in the Senate

  38. How many years must a member of the United States Congress be a citizen before running for election? • 9 years for the Senate and 7 years for the House of Representatives

  39. Who must approve any treaties with foreign countries? • Senate

  40. In which section of Congress do all bills having to do with taxes (appropriation bills) start? • House of Representatives

  41. Who has the deciding vote in the event a Senate vote ends in a tie? • Vice President

  42. How many years must a person be a citizen of the United States in order to be in the Senate? • 9 years

  43. What is the difference between the House and the Senate during floor action when a bill is trying to become a law? • Unlimited debate is allowed in the Senate

  44. Which amendment called for the direct election of Senators by the people? • 17th amendment

  45. Which house of Congress acts as the jury and decides guilt or innocence in an impeachment hearing? • Senate

  46. Where must a person live in order to be in the Senate? • In the state that they want to represent

  47. What clause allows congress to stretch its original powers to make laws necessary and proper? • Elastic Clause

  48. Who is the official leader and head of the Senate, when the Vice President is absent? • President Pro Tempore

  49. Who actually has the daily operations power in the Senate? • Senate Majority Leader

  50. What options does the President have when presented a bill from Congress? • 1. Sign it into law • 2. Veto it • 3. Leave it unsigned for 10 days --if Congress is still in session then bill becomes law --if Congress adjourns then the bill is dead (pocket veto)