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2 What is the primary Constitutional function of Congress?
Annoy the American Public Take money from lobbyists Raise money for their campaign Help constituents

3 The official who is an intermediary between the party leadership and the rank and file members of Congress is the Speaker of the House Majority leader Majority whip President pro tempore Clerk of the House

4 C Majority Whip

5 Which of the following activities that members of Congress routinely perform is most important to their constituents? Attending the meeting of the party caucus Going to a fund-raiser sponsored by a political action committee Giving an interview on national defense issues Drafting an amendment to the Department of Transportation appropriation bill Contacting the Social Security Administration regarding a claim for benefits

6 E Contacting the Social Security Administration regarding a claim for benefits

7 Incumbent 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.

8 E To overcome their advantage, Senate challengers outspend incumbents.

9 When courts examine the legislative history of a bill, they give most weight to which type of evidence? Committee hearings Committee reports The mark-up bill Floor debate in The Congressional Record The bill as introduced

10 B Committee Reports

11 Responsibility for reconciling the House and Senate versions of a bill falls to
Conference committee Standing committee Select committee Oversight committee Joint committee

12 A Conference Committee

13 Which of the following provisions of a defense appropriations bill is considered a rider?
Funding for a new missile defense system Increase in benefits for military dependents Price support for dairy farmers in New England Construction of family housing units at a naval air station Research and development funding on anti-terrorism tactics

14 C Price support for dairy farmers in New England

15 Those 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 only I and II only I, II, III only III only II and IV only

16 B I and II

17 All 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.

18 D A cloture vote cuts off debate on a bill immediately, and the Senate must vote.

19 Which of the following is the only non-legislative function the House of Representatives has under the Constitution? To impeach federal officials To approve appoints to federal courts To “advise and consent” on treaties negotiated by the president To try cases of impeachment To debate all revenue bills

20 A To impeach federal officials

21 A bill or a provision of a bill that provides clear benefits to the district of a member of Congress is an example of Logrolling A Christmas tree A public bill Private bill Pork barrel legislation

22 E Pork Barrel Legislation

23 Political 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.

24 C The entire house is up for election every two years.

25 In the process of enacting legislation, the House Rules Committee is responsible for
Establishing the procedures Congress follows Appointing members of standing committees Setting the limits of debate on the floor Holding hearings on all revenue bills Assigning bills to the proper committees

26 C Setting the limits of debate on the floor

27 All of the following are examples of Congress exercising its oversight function EXCEPT:
Holding a floor debate on a bill to reduce eligibility requirements for Medicare Hearing a Department of Defense official testify on B-1 bomber cost overruns Submitting data to a committee on complaints against the Internal Revenue Service Holding committee hearings on regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission Cutting the budget of a federal agency that consistently fails to meet its goals

28 A Holding a floor debate on a bill to reduce eligibility requirements for Medicare

29 Banking 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 Services Judiciary Ways and Means International Relations Armed Services

30 E Armed Services

31 Which 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 only I and II only II, III, IV only III and IV only II and III only

32 C II, III, IV


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