Flashcards in Congress (Facts) Deck (28)
Percentage of women in Congress
20% (50% of population)
Percentage of blacks in Congress
9% (12.6% of population)
Percentage of Hispanics in Congress
7% (16.3% of population)
Which Article of the constitution lays down congress' powers?
Article 1 Section 8
Exclusive powers of House
Initiate money bills; impeachment; elect President in electoral college deadlock
Exclusive powers of Senate
Confirm appointments; ratify treaties; try cases of impeachment; elect VP in electoral college deadlock
Concurrent powers of Congress
Pass legislation; override presidential veto; initiate constitutional amendments; declare war; confirm newly appointed VP
Most recent example of successful impeachment
Thomas Porteous - March 2010
When was the President elected by the House?
1800 and 1824
Example of Senate appointment in 2017
Rex Tillerson - Secretary of State
Treaty ratified by senate?
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (2010) 71 votes to 26
Overriding of Presidential Veto?
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) September 2016. Only override of an Obama veto
Congress confirmed Vice Presidents during an administration?
Gerald Ford (1973) and Nelson Rockefeller (1974)
Current leadership of House (2017)
Speaker: Paul Ryan
Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy
Majority Whip: Steve Scalise
Chairs of House and Senate Armed Services committees?
House: Mac Thornberry (Texas)
Senate: John McCain (Arizona)
1990s reforms to Committee chairs?
6 year term limit for committee and sub-committee chairs
Number of Acts passed in 114th Congress and number of proposed bills?
329 out of 12,063
Number of bills that did not get past committee stage in 114th Congress?
Example of filibuster
Senator Bernie Sanders against Obama's 2010 tax deal - spoke for 8.5 hours
Percentage of bills that need amending that are taken to a conference committee?
Successful Obama veto?
Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (2016)
Dan Boren (House)
Joe Manchin (Senate)
Chris Gibson (House)
Scott Brown (Senate)
Senate rejection of Presidential nominee (oversight)?
1999: Bill Clinton's nomination of Ronnie White as federal judge
Senate rejection of Presidential treaty (oversight)?
1999: Bill Clinton's Nucelar test ban Treaty
When Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 what was the effect of their oversight?
4 executive officials resigned due to relentless questioning; Army Secretary forced out; Attorney General Gonzales resigned
Approval ratings of Congress 2016?