Congress

Congress

by Geoffrey M. Horn
     
 
435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators. Together, they make up the Congress of the United States -- the branch of the U.S. government that makes the country's laws. In this volume, young historians will read about how the Constitution gives different jobs to each chamber of Congress, the extent and limits of their powers, and the roles each

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435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators. Together, they make up the Congress of the United States -- the branch of the U.S. government that makes the country's laws. In this volume, young historians will read about how the Constitution gives different jobs to each chamber of Congress, the extent and limits of their powers, and the roles each performs in the making of federal laws. Readers will also learn about the important officials in Congress, the legislative process, and some important laws Congress has passed. Special sections explain concepts such as pork-barrel spending, lame-duck sessions, and filibusters. Detailed tables cover the floor leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the distribution of political parties represented in Congress, and the Speakers of the House over the nation's history. Of particular interest is a discussion dealing with the way in which Congress checks and balances the power of the U.S. president.

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Belonging to our government's legislative branch, Congress is composed of the Senate and House, but also encompasses the Library of Congress, Government Printing Office, General Accounting Office, and Congressional Budget Office. Our bicameral Congress was designed to satisfy both those who wanted a body representative of population and those who wanted each state to have an equal voice. Although the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in 1774, the first Capitol building in Washington did not open until 1800. Today's Capitol has more than 500 rooms, many subways and tunnels, and the Statue of Freedom atop its dome. How members are elected and reelected, Congressional salaries, qualifications for office, and the extent of the powers of Congress are covered. There are also explanations of the census, "open seats," reapportionment, redistricting, confirmations, investigations, impeachments, and expulsions. A chapter highlighting landmark legislation, (e.g., the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX) follows a chapter outlining how a bill becomes a law. Seven chapters in forty-eight pages also feature numerous illustrations, a timeline, a glossary, suggestions for further research, and an index. The first four titles in the "Library of American Government" series include The Armed Forces, The Presidency, and The Supreme Court. This is a fine basic series for a school library or classroom. 2003, World Almanac Library,
— Chris Gill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836854626
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
World Almanac Library of American Government
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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