Am Gov200 Ch 13&14

March 17th, 2011
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Chapter 13

Making of America Ch 13 from Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin on Vimeo.

Chapter 13
1. Who has the power to determine the time, place, and manner in which federal elections are held?
2. Why did the Congress reserve the right to alter any state’s electoral arrangements?
3. Why did the founders feel it necessary to mandate a yearly meeting time for Congress?
4. What authority does the Constitution give each house of Congress to determine whether a member is properly elected?
5. What is a quorum in Congress, and what provisions are made to ensure the presence of a quorum?
6. What authority does each house of Congress have to determine its own rules and to deal with troublesome members?
7. How does Congress keep a record of its proceedings? How often is it published?
8. What does it require to have a recorded vote?
9. How did the founders require the houses to meet at the same time?
10. Who sets the wages for senators and congressmen? Who was quite concerned that representatives would give themselves raises or that big salaries would draw in the wrong type of people?
11. What immunities are provided to congress?
12. What does the Constitution say about representatives accepting non-elective, paid positions in the federal government? What does it say about federal employees becoming members of Congress?

Chapter 14

The Making of American Ch 14 from Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin on Vimeo.

Chapter 14
1. What are the two kinds of bills introduced into Congress? What does that mean?
2. What are the four basic restraints on lawmaking?
3. What is the president’s role in lawmaking? What are his options?
4. Why does only the House “hold the purse”?
5. How does a bill originate?
6. How does a bill get to committee and what happens along the way?
7. What is the calendaring process for each house?
8. What happens once a bill makes it to the floor?
9. What happens once a bill passes the house? Why is this process so complicated?

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