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USG-Leg Branch

U.S. Constitution-Legislative Branch

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What is the purpose of the Legislative Branch? Make laws
What is the term of office for a United States Representative? 2 Years
What are the qualifications to be a U.S. Representative? 25 years of age, 7 years a citizen of the United States, inhabitant of that State in which he will be chosen
What is the basis for membership in the U.S. House of Representatives? Based on population
Who determines the officers of the House of Representatives? House of Representatives
What duty is reserved for the U.S. House of Representatives? Impeachment
What is the term of office for a U.S. Senator? 6 years
What is the basis for membership in the U.S. Senate? Equal representation - 2 Senators from each state
What fraction of Senators are chosen every second year? 1/3
What are the qualifications to be a U.S. Senator? 30 years of age, 9 years a citizen of the United States, inhabitant of that State from which he will be chosen
Who serves as the President of the Senate? Vice-President
On what occassion does the Vice-President have the authority to cast his/her vote in the Senate? Senate is divided - there is a tie.
Who determines the officers of the U.S. Senate? U.S. Senate
Who serves as President of the Senate when the President of the United States is absent? President Pro Tempore
How often must Congress meet? At least once a year
A majority of each house must be present in order to conduct business. What is this majority called? Quorum
What percentatge of either House is needed in order to expel a Member? 2/3
How does each House keep track of their proceedings? Keep a Journal
Members of each House are exempt from arrest going to and from and during attendance at a Legislative Session, except in the case of: Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace
In which House does Revenue bills originate? House of Representatives
Once a bill passes through both houses, how many days does the President have to act on a bill? 10 days
What happens if the President had not signed a bill within that time frame? Pocket Veto
What is a Pocket Veto? If Congress has sent a Bill to the Presdent and then adjourns and the Presdident does not act on the Bill in 10 days, the Bill dies.
Where does a vetoed bill go after the President vetoes it? Back to the House where it originated.
How large of a majority is needed to override a presidential veto? 2/3
What is a "Writ of Habeas Corpus"? Written note requesting that the government give cause for why they are holding a person against their will
What is a "Bill of Attainder"? An act of the legislator declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial.
What is an "Ex Post Facto" law? A law made after the fact - making something done in the past illegal.
What is the name of the United States Representative from Alaska? Don Young
What are the names of the United States Senators from Alaska? Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich
According to the original U.S. Constitution, when does Congress meet? First Monday in December
According to the 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, when does Congress meet? First Monday in January
How many U.S. Representatives represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives? One
How many U.S. Senators represent Alaska in the U.S. Senates? Two
What is the name of the organization that makes federal laws? Congress
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives and Senate
Where does Congress meet? US Capital Building
How is the number of US Senators from each state determined? Equal representation, two from each state
How old do you need to be to run for U.S. Senate? Thirty Years Old
How old do you need to be to run for the U.S. House of Representatives? Twenty-five Years Old
In order to run for the U.S. Senate, you must be a citizen of the U.S. for _________ years. Nine
In order to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, you must be a citizen of the U.S. for ________________. Seven
What is the name of the Senior U.S. Senator from Alaska? Lisa Murkowski
What is the name of the Junior U.S. Senator from Alaska? Mark Begich
What is the name of the U.S. Representative from Alaska? Don Young
How many times may a U.S. Senator be elected to the Senate? Unlimited
How many times may a U.S. Representative be elected to the House? Unlimited
How is the membership of the House of Representatives determined? Population
How many Senators are voting members in the U.S. Senate? 100
How many Representatives are voting members in the U.S. House of Representatives? 435
How many Congress persons are voting members in the U.S. Congress? 535
The President of the Senate is _____________. Vice-President
The officer who presides over the House of Representatives is called the ______________. Speaker of the House
Which of the two Congressional houses is considered the most prestigious? Senate
What is the name of a proposed law? Bill
The Constitution provides that Congress may override a presidential veto by a ___________ vote in each house. 2/3
Powers given to both the national and state goverments in the U.S. Constitution are known as ________________ powers Concurrent
Powers given to Congress in Article I of the U.S. Constitution are known as _____________ powers. Delegated
Powers given to the state governments in the U.S. Constitution are known as ______________ powers. Reserved
A law used to punish a man for something that was not against the law when he died it is called a(n) ____________________ law. Ex post facto
An order making a jailer show that a man is in jail for a good reason is called a _____________. Writ of Habeas Corpus
According to the U.S. Constitution, Congress is not allowed to convict a person of a crime without a trial. This is known as a __________________. Bill of Attainder
Created by: Benson_Deborah