Mock Congress 8th Grade Simulation
Congressional Titles   Speaker of the House- runs the    US House of Representatives   President Pro-Tempore - runs    t...
Fast Facts for Bills   Thousands of bills are introduced each year in Congress   Not all bills are discussed on the floo...
Congressional Procedure   Clerks, Doorkeepers, and          For a President to    the Sergeant’s -at-arms            poc...
Standing Committees             Standing Committees are              expected to follow              Parliamentary Proced...
Mock-Congress Vocabulary   Quorum- number of members who must be    present for the group to do business   Census- the o...
How A Bill Becomes A Law 1.   Representative introduces a bill 2.   The bill is placed in a hopper 3.   The clerk gives th...
How A Bill Becomes A Law Cont. 7.    If the full committee votes to approve the bill it is sent to       the House to be p...
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Mock Congress

  1. 1. Mock Congress 8th Grade Simulation
  2. 2. Congressional Titles Speaker of the House- runs the US House of Representatives President Pro-Tempore - runs the US Senate chamber in absence of the Senate President Floor Whip- Distributes bills to floor members Head Clerk- gives each bill an official number and title Doorkeeper- Controls Admittance Sergeant at Arms- Maintains order
  3. 3. Fast Facts for Bills Thousands of bills are introduced each year in Congress Not all bills are discussed on the floor of Congress Most bills die in committee Less than 1/2 of all bills become law A bills number and title may change as it is passed between houses All bills must pass both houses to go to the President The majority, more than half, of Congress must approve a bill for it to be passed
  4. 4. Congressional Procedure Clerks, Doorkeepers, and  For a President to the Sergeant’s -at-arms pocket-veto a bill he must are not actually members hold it for 10 days of Congress During a roll-call vote  The Constitution explains Congress has the option how the President can to say Pass-Yes-Abstain- respond to bills that No reach his/her desk When Congress “tables” a bill they set it aside until later
  5. 5. Standing Committees  Standing Committees are expected to follow Parliamentary Procedure  Standing Committee Chairpersons are always from the majority party  Standing Committees can defeat bills  Not all member of the Standing Committee need to be present when discussing a bill
  6. 6. Mock-Congress Vocabulary Quorum- number of members who must be present for the group to do business Census- the official count of people living in a state Hopper- the box where bills are placed when they are first introduced Caucus Meetings- used to elect leaders Line item veto- allows the President to change or alter a bill after it has reached his/her desk
  7. 7. How A Bill Becomes A Law 1. Representative introduces a bill 2. The bill is placed in a hopper 3. The clerk gives the bill a title and a number 4. The speaker of the house assigns the bill to the proper committee 5. Committees amend or defeat the bill 6. Committee votes to approve or defeat bill
  8. 8. How A Bill Becomes A Law Cont. 7. If the full committee votes to approve the bill it is sent to the House to be placed on the House calendar for debate 8. The bill is debated on the floor of the House 9. The full House votes for the passage of the bill 10. If the bill passes the full house vote it is sent to the Senate 11. Upon arrival in the Senate, the bill is introduced and begins the entire “Bill to Law” process all over again

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