Chapter 13 Congress

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Chapter 13 Congress
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  • 1. 
    The most important organizational feature of Congress is the 
    • A. 

      Party caucus

    • B. 

      Floor leader

    • C. 

      Committee structure

    • D. 

      Legislative leadership program

    • E. 

      Congressional campaign committee


  • 2. 
    Each member of the House usually serves on_____standing committes. 
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      6

    • E. 

      7


  • 3. 
    The text suggests that closed rules, proxy voting and strong committe chairmen
    • A. 

      Were desired by Democrats, but not the Republicans.

    • B. 

      Were a major campaign issue in 1776.

    • C. 

      Reduced the number of bills that were introduced in Congress.

    • D. 

      Made it easier to get things done.

    • E. 

      Enhanced the public reputation of Congress.


  • 4. 
    Which of the following is required in order to propose a constitutional amendment? 
    • A. 

      Simple resolution

    • B. 

      Concurrent resolution

    • C. 

      Parallel resolution

    • D. 

      Joint resolution

    • E. 

      A and b


  • 5. 
    Which of following is signed by the president and has the force of law?
    • A. 

      Simple resolution

    • B. 

      Concurrent resolution

    • C. 

      Parallel resolution

    • D. 

      Joint resolution

    • E. 

      A and b


  • 6. 
    The Constitution requires that "all bills for raising revenue shall ...
    • A. 

      Originate in the House of Representatives."

    • B. 

      Originate in the Senate."

    • C. 

      Originate in Conference Committee."

    • D. 

      Require a unanimous vote."

    • E. 

      Be exempt from the veto of the President."


  • 7. 
    In the House, a stated bill can be extracted from a committee and brought to the floor by means of
    • A. 

      A discharge petition.

    • B. 

      An extraction bill.

    • C. 

      A committee rule.

    • D. 

      Cloture.

    • E. 

      A unanimous vote.


  • 8. 
    The "Committee of the Whole" refers to
    • A. 

      A collection of committee chairs in the House.

    • B. 

      The senior sponsors of a piece of legislation.

    • C. 

      Freshman members of both the House and the Senate.

    • D. 

      Members of the House who happen to be on the floor when the bill is discussed.

    • E. 

      None of the above.


  • 9. 
    The practical advantage of the "Committee of the Whole" is that 
    • A. 

      Committee chairs have greater understanding of parliamentary procedure.

    • B. 

      Senior members of Congress are probably more enthusiastic supporters of legislation.

    • C. 

      New members of Congress are made to feel more welcomed in chambers.

    • D. 

      It requires a much smaller number of members to hold quorum.

    • E. 

      None of the above.


  • 10. 
    Which of the following statements is incorrect? 
    • A. 

      If amendments are allowed in the House, they must be germane.

    • B. 

      Those who wish to speak on House amendments are limited to one hour

    • C. 

      Senators can attach bills as "riders" to other pieces of legislation and avoid the committee hearing process altogether.

    • D. 

      Senate amendments do not have to be germane.

    • E. 

      There are no rules limiting debate in the Senate.


  • 11. 
    In recent years, the filibuster has occured more frequently because 
    • A. 

      The Senate has increased in size.

    • B. 

      Republicans have gained seats in the Senate.

    • C. 

      Democrats have gained seats in the Senate.

    • D. 

      Participants are guaranteed media exposure.

    • E. 

      It is easier to stage one.


  • 12. 
    The process of "double tracking" allows
    • A. 

      Committees to consider recently rejected legislation within time frame.

    • B. 

      Members of the House to filibuster two bills at the same time.

    • C. 

      The president to influence congressional votes at the beginning and end of the legislative session.

    • D. 

      Members of the Senate to focus on other business during a filibuster.

    • E. 

      Freshman members of Congress two chances to pass their first piece of legislation.


  • 13. 
    For years Congress defended the manner in which it exempted itself from many of its own laws by reference to
    • A. 

      Federalism.

    • B. 

      Bicameralism.

    • C. 

      The separation of powers.

    • D. 

      Legislative supremacy.

    • E. 

      The committee structure.


  • 14. 
    According to the text, most categories of pork spending have____ in the last ten of fifteen years. 
    • A. 

      Decreased

    • B. 

      Remained at approximately the same levels

    • C. 

      Increased

    • D. 

      Slightly increased

    • E. 

      Dramatically increased


  • 15. 
    The text suggests the Senate is more ideologically partisian than the House. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 16. 
    A member's final vote on a bill may conceal as much as it reveals. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 17. 
    Senators are often less in tune with public opinion than members of the House. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 18. 
    The 2000 election created an evenly divided Senate. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 19. 
    Leadership carries more power in the Senate than in the House. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 20. 
    In a typical Congress, several hundred bills are introduced. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 21. 
    Pending legislation does not carry over from one Congress to the next. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 22. 
    Most bills require a conference of committes from each house. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 23. 
    Conferences tend to report bills that favor the Senate version. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 24. 
    In most instances, the conference report on a bill is accepted by the respective chambers. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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