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American Politics Today Essentials Study Set 2

Political Science

Quiz 10 :

Congress

Quiz 10 :

Congress

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Members of Congress typically engage in police patrol oversight.
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False

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Because incumbency rates are so high, members of Congress who hold a "safe" seat do not worry about the electoral connection to voters.
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In early American history, Congress was the first and most important branch. Over time it has become less important than the presidency, largely because the nature of the country's problems have changed.
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Conference committees are permanent by definition.
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Over the past two decades, about 66 percent of all U.S. House incumbents have been reelected.
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States can only gain seats in the House of Representatives; they can never lose seats.
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A filibuster can only be used in the House, while cloture can only be invoked in the Senate.
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Before any bill can become a law, the House and Senate must pass identical versions of the bill.
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Descriptive representation has everything to do with demographics.
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On average, House districts are more diverse than Senate districts.
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The Senate was created by the framers to check the passions of the House.
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Most of the work done in Congress happens in standing committees.
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The enumerated powers of Congress can be found in ________.
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An example of logrolling occurs when a legislator votes in favor of a trade bill that the legislator would typically oppose in exchange for getting a colleague to vote in favor of an environmental bill that is of importance the legislator.
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Members of Congress often use casework to connect with people in their districts on a personal level.
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The presidency has assumed less of a national policy-making role since the New Deal.
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Party leaders help with campaign financing to give members an incentive to vote the party line on key legislation.
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Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to
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Becoming a committee chair is not usually a function of seniority.
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Legislative districts are gerrymandered because politicians are trying to draw House districts in a way that gives them a political advantage.
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