2What is the primary Constitutional function of Congress? Annoy the American PublicTake money from lobbyistsRaise money for their campaignHelp constituents
3The official who is an intermediary between the party leadership and the rank and file members of Congress is theSpeaker of the HouseMajority leaderMajority whipPresident pro temporeClerk of the House
5Which of the following activities that members of Congress routinely perform is most important to their constituents?Attending the meeting of the party caucusGoing to a fund-raiser sponsored by a political action committeeGiving an interview on national defense issuesDrafting an amendment to the Department of Transportation appropriation billContacting the Social Security Administration regarding a claim for benefits
6E Contacting the Social Security Administration regarding a claim for benefits
7Incumbent senators face greater competition when they run for reelection than members of the House for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:A state is more diverse than a congressional district, providing a greater base for opposition.Senators have less contact with the constituents.Voters are less likely to know the issue positions of their senators.Senators tend to have better known opponents.To overcome their advantage, Senate challengers outspend incumbents.
8E To overcome their advantage, Senate challengers outspend incumbents.
9When courts examine the legislative history of a bill, they give most weight to which type of evidence?Committee hearingsCommittee reportsThe mark-up billFloor debate in The Congressional RecordThe bill as introduced
13Which of the following provisions of a defense appropriations bill is considered a rider? Funding for a new missile defense systemIncrease in benefits for military dependentsPrice support for dairy farmers in New EnglandConstruction of family housing units at a naval air stationResearch and development funding on anti-terrorism tactics
14C Price support for dairy farmers in New England
15Those who oppose term limits for members of Congress argue that A tremendous amount of legislative experience will be lost if term limits are imposed.The people have the right to vote for whomever they want.The Supreme Court will never allow term limits.A less experienced Congress will lead the country into war.I onlyI and II onlyI, II, III onlyIII onlyII and IV only
17All of the following statements about the legislative process are true EXCEPT: Only a small percentage of bills introduced become law.Anyone can write a bill, but only a member of Congress can introduce it.A majority of the House does not have to be present to debate a bill on the floor.A cloture vote cuts off debate on a bill immediately, and the Senate must vote.Identical bills can be introduced in the House and the Senate.
18D A cloture vote cuts off debate on a bill immediately, and the Senate must vote.
19Which of the following is the only non-legislative function the House of Representatives has under the Constitution?To impeach federal officialsTo approve appoints to federal courtsTo “advise and consent” on treaties negotiated by the presidentTo try cases of impeachmentTo debate all revenue bills
23Political action committees make larger total contributions to House races than Senate races because House members are more likely to vote the way the PAC wants.House members have more influence on legislation than the Senate.The entire house is up for election every two years.Senators are much wealthier than representatives.Senators cannot take PAC money under the Senate rules.
24C The entire house is up for election every two years.
25In the process of enacting legislation, the House Rules Committee is responsible for Establishing the procedures Congress followsAppointing members of standing committeesSetting the limits of debate on the floorHolding hearings on all revenue billsAssigning bills to the proper committees
27All of the following are examples of Congress exercising its oversight function EXCEPT: Holding a floor debate on a bill to reduce eligibility requirements for MedicareHearing a Department of Defense official testify on B-1 bomber cost overrunsSubmitting data to a committee on complaints against the Internal Revenue ServiceHolding committee hearings on regulations issued by the Federal Communications CommissionCutting the budget of a federal agency that consistently fails to meet its goals
28A Holding a floor debate on a bill to reduce eligibility requirements for Medicare
29Banking and Financial Services Judiciary Ways and Means A newly elected member of Congress that represents a district with a large number of aerospace companies would prefer to serve on which of the following committees?Banking and Financial ServicesJudiciaryWays and MeansInternational RelationsArmed Services
31Which if the following statements about the Speaker of the House are valid? The Speaker is elected by only the members of the majority party.The Speaker is next in line for succession after the vice-president.The Speaker presides over the House.The Speaker assigns bills to committees.I, II, III onlyI and II onlyII, III, IV onlyIII and IV onlyII and III only