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Chapter 11: Congress


Congress makeup, powers and details

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Pols 110 - American National Politics
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POLS 110 1st Edition Lecture 19 Outline of Last Lecture I Study Guide for Exam 2 Outline of Current Lecture I The Constitution and Congress II Bicameralism III The Constitutional powers of Congress Current Lecture I II III The Constitution and Congress a The framers intended for Congress to be the most important branch of government b Constitution is more clear about the powers of Congress than any other branch i Enumerated Powers c Earlier versions under the Articles of Confederation proved remarkably ineffective i Continental Congress beta testing version ii Congress 1 0 attempted to address many of the failings of the Articles Bicameralism a Dividing a legislature into 2 chambers b Created by the Connecticut Compromise c House chamber of the common person d Senate to represent the elite e Both chambers elected using different methods f House Direct popular vote 2 yr term g Senate Elected by the state legislature 6 yr term i Changed in 1913 to popular vote ii 1 3 of Senators up for election every 2 years staggered so the Senate cannot be changed as quickly as the House h House can be responsible to public i Senate what s long term goals of the public i That s why its deliberately done to stagger elections so drastic changes don t take place keep a level head of what long term goals are The Constitutional powers of Congress These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute a Enumerated powers i Article 1 Section 8 Constitution ii Powers granted to both chambers b Restricted to one chamber i Article 2 Section 2 only the Senate votes on ambassadors treaties Supreme Court Justices and cabinet positions ii House must start all money oriented legislation iii Advise and Consent Power authority of Senate to approve or reject presidential actions 1 Interestingly enough senators elected by state legislatures and so the people public have no power to say who s nominated a Framers did not trust public enough to make educated decisions

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