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Congress adjourns during a ten-day period after presenting the president with a bill, and the president takes no action; this is known as a...
a. line-item veto
b. pocket veto
c. silent veto
d. expiration veto
e. procrastination veto
Pocket Veto
How long is the term of office for a U.S. Senator?
a. eight years
b. two years
c. ten years
d. six years
e. four years
Six Years
Which of the following is Not an important influence on the legislative agenda of Congress?
a. constituents
b. lobbyists
c. party leadership
d. the president
e. the federal courts
The Federal Courts
The idea of _______ identifies the best representative as the one who shares a similar racial, ethnic, religious, or occupational background with those he or she represents.
a. agency representation
b. delegate representation
c. mirroring representation
d. sociological representation
e. trustee representation
Sociological Representation
One reason why redistricting is controversial is because...
a. it is unclear whether state legislatures or the federal government has the authority to redraw districts
b. computer technologies allow legislatures to know statistically what kinds of people live where and this can be used to give one party an advantage over the other
c. it is unclear whether districts have to be drawn in such a way that each district includes roughly the same number of people
d. interest groups and PACs exert a great deal of influence over the specific shape of each district
e. incumbents never lose when districts are redrawn
Computer technologies allow legislatures to know statistically to know statistically what kinds of people live where and this can be used to give one party an advantage over the other.
In general, members of the House seek committee assignments that will...
a. allow them more personal contact with the president
b. bring them the largest number of campaign donations
c. give them greater media exposure
d. allow them to influence decisions that are of special importance to voters in their districts
e. allow them to avoid issues that are important and controversial to voters in their districts
Allow them to influence decisions that are of special importance to voters in their districts.
A filibuster allows members of the Senate to...
a. refer a bill to multiple committees
b. prevent a vote on a bill by speaking continuously on the floor
c. add amendments to a bill at any time
d. avoid a conference committee
e. call into question any action of the executive branch
Prevent a vote on a bill by speaking continuously on the floor.
The jurisdiction of standing committees...
a. is related to a specific geographic region
b. is defined by the subject matter of legislation, which often parallels the major cabinet departments or agencies
c. is determined by the U.S. Supreme Court
d. is determined by the different political parties
e. often overlaps with the jurisdiction of select committees
Is defined by the subject matter of legislation, which often parallels the major cabinet departments or agencies.
The role the House of Representatives plays in impeachments can best be compared with that of a...
a. grand jury
b. defense attorney
c. defense witness
d. judge
e. prosecuting attorney
Grand Jury
Term Limits are in place for...
a. All of the Above
b. The California Legislature
c. The US Senate
d. The US House of Representatives
The California Legislature
Each California Assemblymember and State Senator represent about 250,000 people in their respective districts - true or false?
False.
When two members of Congress who share no common interests agree to support each other's bills, it is called...
a. logrolling
b. bargaining
c. pork barreling
d. delegating
e. filibustering
Logrolling.
Who is the Speaker of the House?
a. The president selects the Speaker of the House from the majority party in the House.
b. The representative with the longest tenure in the House is the Speaker of the House.
c. An employee of Congress who formally brings the House into session each day is the Speaker.
d. The elected leader of the majority party in the House is the Speaker.
e. The vice president is also the Speaker of the House.
The elected leader of the majority party in the House is the Speaker.
A bicameral legislature is one that has...
a. laws forbidding private hearing or conferences
b. two chambers or houses
c. equal representation for each state
d. a prime minister
e. authority to overrule state governments
Two Chambers or Houses.
In the House of Representatives, the majority leader...
a. is the same office as the Speaker of the House
b. is subordinate to the Speaker of the House
c. is superior in formal powers to the Speaker of the House
d. has the same powers as the Speaker of the House but is a different office
e. There is no majority leader in the House of Representatives
Is subordinate to the Speaker of the House.
The California Legislature is...
a. Bicameral with both houses based on population
b. Unicameral based on population
c. Bicameral with both houses based on equal representation among counties
d. Bicameral with one house based on population and the other on equal representation among counties
Bicameral with both houses based on population.
Cloture is...
a. the rule that allows one house of Congress to circumvent the other during the legislative process
b. the process by which the president can end a filibuster.
c. the ability of a senator to speak for as long as he or she wishes to prevent action being taken on legislation that he or she opposes
d. the process by which three-fifths of the Senate can end a filibuster
e. a lawsuit filed by a member of the Senate against a member of the House or vice versa
The process by which three-fifths of the Senate can end a filibuster.
Congressional leaders form ____________ committees when they want to take up an issue that falls between the jurisdiction of existing committees, to highlight an issue, or to investigate a particular problem.
a. standing
b. conference
c. rules
d. select
e. joint
Select
Constituency service is so important that...
a. members of Congress have been impeached for not devoting enough attention to constituency service
b. representative spend about three quarters of their time aiding constituents
c. the Constitution explicitly lists "constituent service" as the most important responsibility of Congress
d. the House and Senate have recently created a Committee on Constituency Service
e. party leaders will not ask any member to vote in a way that conflicts with the interests or opinions of the member's districts
Party leaders will not ask any member to vote in a way that conflicts with the interests or opinions of the member's districts.
When the House and the Senate coordinate two versions of the same bill, they will often use a ____________ to obtain a single unified bill.
a. joint committee
b. select committee
c. conference committee
d. reconciliation committee
e. standing committee
Conference Committee
Pork-barrel legislation...
a. funds efforts to increase the levels of America's meat exports
b. orders state government to implement a program without providing funding for doing so
c. deals with specific projects and their location within a particular congressional district
d. grants a special privilege to a person named in the bill
e. deals with specific agricultural subsidies
Deal with specific projects and their location within a particular congressional district.
Which idea of representation says that a legislator should be viewed as someone voters hire to represent their interests?
a. agency representation
b. contract representation
c. sociological representation
d. trustee representation
e. mirroring representation
Agency Representation
The power to filibuster is not available in the California State Senate - true or false?
True
The powers and resources available to government officials that are used to favor supporters are called what?
a. filibusters
b. patronage
c. expenditures
d. clotures
e. trusteeships
Patronage
Conference committees are...
a. information committees composed of members from both political parties and both houses of Congress that are designed to promote bipartisanship
b. permanent and involve members from both the House and the Senate, but they do not have the power to report legislation
c. temporary, involve members from both houses of Congress, and are charged with reaching a compromise on legislation once it has been passed by both the House and the Senate
d. temporary and are used to take up an issue that falls between the jurisdiction of existing committees, to highlight an issue, or to investigate a particular problem
e. permanent and have the power to write and propose legislation
Temporary, involve members from both houses of Congress, and are charged with reaching a compromise on legislation once it has been passed by both the House and the Senate