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Where, in the Constitution, does it list the powers of Congress?. Articles. How old must you be to be elected to the House of Representatives?. 25. Who has the power to choose the President in the event of a tie or no majority in the Electoral College?. House of Representatives.

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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)