The Legislative Branch


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Use Ben's Guide to find all the information you need!

 

What is the main purpose of the Legislative Branch?

 

Vocabulary

  1. act
  2. amend
  3. bicameral
  4. bill
  5. elastic clause
  6. impeachment
  7. ratification

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CONGRESS

  1. What number Congress is in session now?
  2. Where does Congress usually meet?
  3. How many people are in the House of Representatives?
  4. How many people are in the Senate?

 

POWERS OF CONGRESS

Use Ben's Guide to learn what the powers of Congress are.  Some are in a bulleted list, and some are explained in the reading. 

  1. Rank the powers in order of importance - #1 is the most important power.  I suggest using a Word document to create your list of prioritized powers.
     
  2. Explain your choices for the most and least important powers.  Be thoughtful - a minimum of four sentences.

 

COMPARE/CONTRAST REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS

Fill in the table.  You'll need the links below to find out who our legislative representatives are:

House of Representatives: http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/olm110.html

Senate:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

Question Representatives Senators
How old do you have to be to have this job?    
How many years of US citizenship do you need to have this job?    
How long is a term in office?


 

   
How many represent New York?

 

   
Name the New Yorkers in this House of Congress

 

Our congressperson is from District 18. 
Who is it?

 

 

 
What special jobs does this House of Congress have?

 

 

   
What is the leader of this House of Congress called?

 

   

 

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