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Ch 8, sec 2

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Ch 8, sec 2

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. The Legislative Branch Set up by the first and longest article of the Constitution.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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

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