Congress

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How long are senators terms?
6 years
How many representatives sit in the house?
435
What is the salary of both senators and representatives?
$174,000
Who is the current speaker of the house?
Nancy Pelosi
Which chamber elects the president in the event of a tie in the election?
House
Which chamber elects the vice-president in the event of a tie in the election?
Senate
Name a concurrent power of congress
Make legislation
And another?
Representation
And another?
Amend the Constitution
And another?
Declare war
What type of bills can only begin in the house?
Money bills
Aside from impeachment trial, what is another power exclusive to the senate?
Ratify treaties
And another?
Confirm executive appointments
Which midterm elections has been the only recent one where the president has gained a majority in both chambers?
2002
What event indirectly caused this?
9/11
Which midterm election did a presidents party gain seats but not a majority?
1998
Which president was this?
Bill Clinton
What was the incumbency rate in the house in 2016?
97%
In the senate?
93%
What is the name of the tactic of redrawing electoral boundaries to favour a certain social group or party?
Gerrymandering
Pork-barrelling is the tactic is where politicians add amendments to add ___________ to a bill.
Expenditure
What is this referred to as?
Earmark
What can incumbents gain more of to help with their campaign?
Money
In 2009, what piece of legislation did some democrats vote against, after public opinion swayed them?
Affordable care act
How many republicans voted for Obama's stimulus budget?
0
What are factions within congress known as?
Caucuses
What is the first stage of the legislative process?
Initiate
And the second?
Debate and amend
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The third?
Scheduling
And the fourth?
Decide
What handles the timetabling in the house?
House rules committee
In the senate?
Unanimous consent agreement
When can a filibuster be used?
Second reading
If required, where does a bill go after the third reading?
Conference Committee
Where is the final place a bill goes before it becomes law?
The president
What is one of the things the president can do when a bill is given to him?
Sign
And another?
Veto
And another?
Leave on desk
And another?
Pocket veto
What type of veto is the president now no longer able to excersize?
Line-item veto
Because of that removal, what can the president no longer reject?
Particular provisions
The senate and the house have roughly the same legislative power, meaning that if the 2 chambers have different __________ _______, it will be an obstacle to success.
Legislative agendas
What proportion of both chambers of congress is required to override a presidents veto
2/3
What is the term for a bill that can be discussed but no amendments can be offered?
Closed rule
How many senators are required to shut down a filibuster?
60
What is this known as?
Cloture
A strength of the legislative process is the _____ ___ ________ that prevent tyranny and force compromise
Checks and balances
The detailed consideration of bills and filters to remove undesirable aspects makes for _______ ______
Quality policy
The legislative process protects the rights of _________,
Individuals
and ______.
States
The excessive need for compromise causes ____________
Inefficiency
High levels of ____________ leads to gridlock
Partisanship
Too much compromise can cause ____-_______ legislation
Poor-quality
What is the success rate over time for presidential vetoes?
93%
1 in how many bills go into the Congress Committee
10
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