I. Questions for "Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide"
1. What are six key powers granted by the Congress by the Constitution?
2. Great you've copied them directly from the reading in #1, NOW put them in your own words so I can see if you comprehend these powers. Use Internet resources to help you!
3. How does the text describe that Congress protects the people?
4. Describe at least two overall challenges about why representative democracy is not easy.
5. How is Congress a representative democracy? (apply your knowledge)
6. What is a criticism of Congress in the text? What is the counter argument the text provides?
7. What are some ways that Congress' actions impacts our daily lives?
8. What are the four (4) biggest areas of congressional spending?
9. Using the Internet, find out how much each of these four (4) cost in 2014 or are budgeted for in 2015
10. What is the relationship between House members "carefully monitoring popular opinion in their districts" and the length of term for House members?
11. What is the role of the Speaker of the House?
12. Where does most of the work related to legislation take place? What are some of the actions that can take place regarding a bill?
13. List at least five (5) reasons why it's so hard for bills to become a law
14. What is the argument and counter argument about "interest group lobbyings" impact on the legislative process?
15. What is "committee markup?"
16. What is an "omninbus bill"?
17. What is a "conference committee"?
18. In the "What a Member of Congress Does" (p. 15) what is the "basic job" of a member of Congress?
19. What are some actions and mindsets a member of Congress has to have?
20. What is the average size of House staff? Senate staff?
21. What do Capitol Hill staff work on? What do district staff work on?
22. Which is the most shameful statistic on page 20? Why?
23. Which statistic do you think is the most easily fixable? Why? What would you recommend to fix it?
24. How many pieces of mail and emails does average member of Congress receive per month?
II. Your Congressional Delegation
Look up your House member: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep (if two members of the House come up, put in your full address)
25. What is the first name, last name, political party and Congressional district number for your member of the House of Representatives?
26. First name, last name and political party of your two U.S. Senators
27. What committee(s) and subcommittees does your representative serve on?
28. What committees(s) and subcommittee(s) does your respective senators serve on?
29. When was your representative first elected?
30. When were each of your senators first elected?
Slides from Congress Lecture