PARTS & PIECES OF CONGRESS BY SAGE STALEY (COMMITTEES (The HOUSE…
PARTS & PIECES OF CONGRESS BY SAGE STALEY
Every state is represented by two Senators
Must be at least 30 years of age
9 years as a citizen
Senators serve 6 year terms
U.S. Congress Leadership
President of the Senate & Vice President Mike Pence (R) Since January 20, 2017
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R) Since October 29, 2015
President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R) Since January 6, 2015
Banking and Financial Service
Education and the Workforce
Standards of Official Conduct
Transportation and Infrastructure
Ways and Means
Committees - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Energy and Natural Resources
Environment and Public Works
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Rules and Administration
POWERS OF EACH HOUSE
HOUSE OF REPS
The House can initiate spending bills and has exclusive authority to impeach officials and choose the President in an Electoral College deadlock.
The Senate has several distinct powers. The “advice and consent ” powers, such as the power to approve treaties, are a sole Senate privilege.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To be a representative of a district within a state to voice the people’s views and desires in Congress.
Must be at least 25 years old
A United States citizen for at least 7 years an inhabitant of the state he or she represents
CASEWORK OF HOUSE MEMBERS
Activities of members of Congress that help constituents as individuals; cutting through bureaucratic red tape to get people what they think they have the right to get.
HOW TO MAKE A LAW
A proposal for a new law or a change to an existing one is called a bill. A bill can only become a law if it is passed by a majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bill must be agreed to in identical form by both chambers, and given Royal Assent by the Governor-General. Using the filibuster to delay or block legislative action, are efforts to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent a vote on a bill.
Members of Congress in both houses are elected by direct popular vote. Senators are elected via a statewide vote and representatives by voters in each congressional district. Congressional districts are apportioned to the states, once every ten years, based on population figures from the most recent nationwide census.
The structure of the United States Congress with a separate House and Senate is complex with numerous committees handling a disparate array of topics presided over by elected officers
Support agencies of Congress
are apart of the legislative branch to provide services that help Congress carry out its powers.
The 4 Support Organizations Congress has created include: The Library of Congress, The Congressional Budget Office, The General Accounting Office, and The Government Printing Office.