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Nov 2, 4 - Congress 1. What is the basic role of Congress?...

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Congress 1. What is the basic role of Congress? a. Lay and collect taxes b. Borrow money c. Regulate commerce d. Establish rules of naturalization e. Coin money f. Establish post offices and post roads g. Confer patents h. Constitute tribunals to the Supreme Court i. Provide army, navy, and militia j. “…to make laws which shall be necessary and proper to carry into execution…all powers vested…in the Government of the United States.” 2. How is Congress organized? a. House a.i. Sensitive to public opinion a.ii. 2 year terms a.ii.1. Elected all the time a.iii. Largest 11 states have approx. 249 delegates out of 435 total b. Senate b.i. 6 year terms b.i.1. Sit a while before reelection 3. One person, one vote? a. Not quite because the 2 chambers are not serving the same population b. Not one person one vote especially in senate 4. How does congress operate? a. How does a bill become a law? a.i. Proposed in either house of senate a.ii. Referred to an appropriate committee (assignment controlled by ajority party leadership, if it is controversial) a.iii. Then referred to relevant subcommittee; Most bills die here. Only about
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Nov 2, 4 - Congress 1. What is the basic role of Congress?...

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