Ch 48: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The U.S. Congress

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CLEP Social Sciences and History: the U.S. Congress - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The United States government is divided into various branches that help keep each other in check so that one does not have too much power and so that the government remains for the people, by the people and of the people. What part does Congress play in this balance of power? What would our country be like without it? What is the difference between the Senate and House of Representatives and how does a person become a congressman or congresswoman? This chapter will help you learn and contemplate these things and more as it presents such topics as:

  • How Congress prevents dictatorship
  • The committee system and party leadership structure of the Senate and House of Representatives
  • How forces such as the economy and performance of the existing president influence congressional elections
  • The four eras of congressional evolution through history
  • The process involved in becoming a congressional candidate

Video Objective
What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure Compare and contrast the two houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives, in terms of roles and organization.
How a Bill becomes a Law: Formal Process Name the steps necessary for a bill to be written into American law.
U.S. Congressional Elections: History, Processes & Influences Explain how the role of Congress has evolved over time, how someone becomes a congressional candidate or nominee and the forces that can influence their election.

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