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The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch
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    • 1. The United States Congressestablished in Article I of the Constitution
    • 2. THE STRUCTURE OF CONGRESSTHE POWERS OF CONGRESS THE ORGANIZATION ANDMEMBERSHIP OF CONGRESS
    • 3. ALLLEGISLATIVE POWERS
    • 4. THE STRUCTURE OF CONGRESS SENATE HOUSE Congress is bicameral, which means it contains two housesa direct result of the Great Compromise
    • 5.  Intended to represent the people representation based on population considered the lower house lower prestige 435 members, each serving a 2 year term Also 5 nonvoting members all seats are up for re-election every 2 years each state has at least 1 member representative seats are redistributed or reapportioned after every 10 year census Qualifications - 25 years of age, citizen for 7 years, live in the state that they represent
    • 6.  Intended to represent the states representation based on equality considered the upper house higher prestige 100 members, serving a 6 year term terms are staggered each state has 2 members - this does not change Qualifications - 30 years of age, citizen for 9 years, live in the state that they represent
    • 7. Representatives represent individual districts Senators represent the entire state
    • 8. The powers of Congress are limited by the ConstitutionThere are three types of congressional powers DELEGATED or ENUMERATED IMPLIEDNONLEGISLATIVE
    • 9. Lawmaking powers specifically listed in the Constitution IN BLACK AND WHITE (I, 8, 1 – I, 8, 17) Taxing power (1,8,1) Borrowing power (1,8,2)Commerce power (I,8,3 - it’s big!) Currency power (I,8,5)
    • 10. Lawmaking powers specifically listed in the Constitution IN BLACK AND WHITE (I, 8, 1 – I, 8, 17)War and military power (I,8,11-15) Bankruptcy power (I,8,4) Other powers – Copyrights, Lower Courts, Weights and Measures, Naturalization, D.C.
    • 11. powers not specifically written in the Constitution powers that are necessary and proper to carry out the enumerated powers Article I, Section 8, Clause 18
    • 12. ELASTIC CLAUSEit allows Congress to stretch its power
    • 13. Congress can set up a Post Office (it is enumerated in the Constitution)But what about stamps?
    • 14. COMMERCE PURSE
    • 15.  Investigate (both houses) Impeach (House impeaches, Senate holds trial) confirm Presidential appointees and treaties (Senate does this)
    • 16. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSEMAJORITY MINORITY LEADER LEADERMAJORITY MINORITY WHIP WHIP REST OF HOUSE
    • 17. VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT PRO TEMPOREMAJORITY MINORITY LEADER LEADERMAJORITY MINORITY WHIP WHIP REST OF SENATE
    • 18. JOURNAL (I, 5, 3) SALARY (1, 6, 1) PRIVILEGES & BENEFITS (1, 6, 1)PENALTIES – Censure and expulsion (I, 5, 2)
    • 19. THE 112 th CONGRESS
    • 20. HOUSE SENATE435 members 100 members242 Republican 47 Republican192 Democratic 51 Democratic1 vacant seats 2 Independent (aligned with Democratic Party)356 male 82 male78 female 18 female44 African Americans 0 African American26 Hispanic Americans 3 Hispanic Americans9 Asian Americans 2 Asian Americans1 Native American 0 Native American

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