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Congress - THE CONGRESS LECTURE OUTLINE WEEK 7...

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T HE C ONGRESS – L ECTURE OUTLINE 10/11/07 W EEK 7 Congressional Make Up: The Congress is Bicameral- it consists of two separate chambers or houses. Senate Represents: 50 statewide voter constituencies. 2 per state = 100 members House of Representatives: represent 435 districts. The Who’s Who of your Congress: We are Currently in the 110 th Congress The district that includes DBU is the 24 th Congressional District Rep. Kenny Marchant ( R) Our Two Senators: (R’s) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Sen. John Cornyn Senator Pro-Tempore ( The leader of the Senate, along with the V.P.) Sen. Robert C. Byrd (R ) Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D)
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**See Table 8.1 Comparing the House and the Senate For Terms, Unique powers, Leadership and Committees I. The Powers of Congress A. The Constitution gives broad powers to the Congress because the Founders envisioned it as the most powerful branch of government, serving at the desire of the citizens. a. Article 1 of the Constitution specifically defines their function, as well as what they may and may not do. b. Operational Duties are: 1. The House of Representatives: will select the President if the Electoral College does not produce a majority vote. The House of Reps has the power to Impeach a President.
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  • Spring '08
  • drbrown/prof.alexander
  • United States Congress, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Congress Home Districts, Congress The district

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