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Congress in Action! Miss Cherrier 12 th  grade American Government
John F. Kennedy, 1962 <ul><li>“ Is is very easy to defeat a bill in Congress.  It is much more difficult to pass one.” </l...
What you will learn… <ul><li>How Congress Organizes </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Committees </li></ul><ul><li>How a Bil...
Congress Convenes <ul><li>What is the point of this cartoon? </li></ul>
From the inside… <ul><li>“ My first day on the House floor was thrilling- and a little scary… Walking around the chamber… ...
Presiding Officers <ul><li>Speaker of the House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledged leader of majority party </li></ul></ul...
Presiding Officers <ul><li>The President of the Senate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate’s presiding officer </li></ul></ul><ul...
Party Officers <ul><li>Floor Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both parties and both houses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Party w...
Committees <ul><li>More than 300 in each house at one point, but now down to less than 20 per house </li></ul><ul><li>All ...
Joint Committees <ul><li>Run by both houses, composed of members from each </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
How a Bill Becomes a Law <ul><li>Schoolhouse Rock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.buildingblocksplaygroup.com/blog/school...
More to come… <ul><li>Will have an entire lesson on this, but here are a brief list of the steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bi...
Classroom Bulletin Board <ul><li>EXTRA CREDIT! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a decorative poster of the chart on page 345 o...
Questions? <ul><li>Monday we will begin projects on all speakers of the house from our past.  </li></ul><ul><li>If you hav...
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  1. 1. Congress in Action! Miss Cherrier 12 th grade American Government
  2. 2. John F. Kennedy, 1962 <ul><li>“ Is is very easy to defeat a bill in Congress. It is much more difficult to pass one.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What you will learn… <ul><li>How Congress Organizes </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Committees </li></ul><ul><li>How a Bill Becomes a Law: House of Reps </li></ul><ul><li>The Bill in Senate </li></ul>
  4. 4. Congress Convenes <ul><li>What is the point of this cartoon? </li></ul>
  5. 5. From the inside… <ul><li>“ My first day on the House floor was thrilling- and a little scary… Walking around the chamber… I was awed and nervous… and then I thought about the President of the United States coming in to address us – ‘Do I deserve to be here with all these people? How did I get here? Will I measure up? How was I chosen for this privilege?’” </li></ul><ul><li>– Sherrod Brown, Congress </li></ul>
  6. 6. Presiding Officers <ul><li>Speaker of the House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledged leader of majority party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presiding officer of the House </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://speaker.house.gov/about?id=0001 </li></ul><ul><li>Biography of Nancy Pelosi, CA (D) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Presiding Officers <ul><li>The President of the Senate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate’s presiding officer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is interesting about the person who is currently President of Senate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice_president_biden/ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Party Officers <ul><li>Floor Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both parties and both houses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Party whips = floor leader assistants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seniority Rule in Officer/Committee head choosing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See chart on page 324 of textbook </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Committees <ul><li>More than 300 in each house at one point, but now down to less than 20 per house </li></ul><ul><li>All congress members are on at least 2 committees </li></ul><ul><li>See chart on page 330 of textbook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know at least 5 committees of each house and the 4 that are run by both houses </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Joint Committees <ul><li>Run by both houses, composed of members from each </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>The Library </li></ul><ul><li>Printing </li></ul><ul><li>Taxation </li></ul>
  11. 11. How a Bill Becomes a Law <ul><li>Schoolhouse Rock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.buildingblocksplaygroup.com/blog/schoolhouse-rock-how-a-bill-becomes-a-law/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who has seen this? </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to explain this process after watching the video. </li></ul>
  12. 12. More to come… <ul><li>Will have an entire lesson on this, but here are a brief list of the steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill proposed to House or Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Reading to Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If success, floor debate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If success, bill reaches floor of either house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If success, goes to President </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Classroom Bulletin Board <ul><li>EXTRA CREDIT! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a decorative poster of the chart on page 345 of your textbook: “How a Bill Becomes a Law” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due Tuesday 4/21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worth of project depends on creativity and accuracy. Explained in class. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>Monday we will begin projects on all speakers of the house from our past. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have one person you’d specifically like to work on, please let me know today or at the beginning of class Monday. </li></ul><ul><li>More to come… </li></ul>
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