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Ch 8, sec 2 Ch 8, sec 2 Presentation Transcript

  • Ch 8, Sec 2: How the Federal Government Works Main Idea: The United States government is divided into three branches with separate roles and responsibilities.
  • The Legislative Branch Set up by the first and longest article of the Constitution.
  • The Legislative Branch Powers of Congress:  Congress has the lawmaking power, or the power to make bills  Bills can start in both houses  Once they are passed by both houses, they go to the president, who signs them.  Appropriation bills must start in the House  Congress also has the power to:  Collect taxes, borrow money, coin money, make post offices, fix weights and measures, and declare war
  • The Legislative Branch The Elastic Clause:  Article I, section 8 states that Congress can  “Make all laws that are proper and necessary”  This is call the elastic clause because  It stretches the power of Congress
  • The Legislative Branch Committees:   Today more than 10,000 bills are introduced in Congress a year. The purpose of Committees is to:  Debate and discuss bills
  • The Legislative Branch Committees:   Today more than 10,000 bills are introduced in Congress a year. The purpose of Committees is to:  Debate and discuss bills