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Percentage of women in Congress

20% (50% of population)

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Percentage of blacks in Congress

9% (12.6% of population)

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Percentage of Hispanics in Congress

7% (16.3% of population)

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Which Article of the constitution lays down congress' powers?

Article 1 Section 8

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Exclusive powers of House

Initiate money bills; impeachment; elect President in electoral college deadlock

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Exclusive powers of Senate

Confirm appointments; ratify treaties; try cases of impeachment; elect VP in electoral college deadlock

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Concurrent powers of Congress

Pass legislation; override presidential veto; initiate constitutional amendments; declare war; confirm newly appointed VP

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Most recent example of successful impeachment

Thomas Porteous - March 2010

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When was the President elected by the House?

1800 and 1824

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Example of Senate appointment in 2017

Rex Tillerson - Secretary of State
56-43
Feb 2017

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Treaty ratified by senate?

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (2010) 71 votes to 26

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Overriding of Presidential Veto?

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) September 2016. Only override of an Obama veto

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Congress confirmed Vice Presidents during an administration?

Gerald Ford (1973) and Nelson Rockefeller (1974)

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Current leadership of House (2017)

Speaker: Paul Ryan
Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy
Majority Whip: Steve Scalise

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Chairs of House and Senate Armed Services committees?

House: Mac Thornberry (Texas)
Senate: John McCain (Arizona)

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1990s reforms to Committee chairs?

6 year term limit for committee and sub-committee chairs

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Number of Acts passed in 114th Congress and number of proposed bills?

329 out of 12,063
(2.72%)

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Number of bills that did not get past committee stage in 114th Congress?

10,000

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Example of filibuster

Senator Bernie Sanders against Obama's 2010 tax deal - spoke for 8.5 hours

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Percentage of bills that need amending that are taken to a conference committee?

5-10%

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Successful Obama veto?

Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (2016)

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Conservative Democrats?

Dan Boren (House)
Joe Manchin (Senate)

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Liberal Republicans?

Chris Gibson (House)
Scott Brown (Senate)

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Senate rejection of Presidential nominee (oversight)?

1999: Bill Clinton's nomination of Ronnie White as federal judge

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Senate rejection of Presidential treaty (oversight)?

1999: Bill Clinton's Nucelar test ban Treaty

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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

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Approval ratings of Congress 2016?

18%

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Example of pork barrel politics

2015 Aid Bill after Hurricane Sandy
$150 million for fisheries in Alaska
$821 million for harbour dredging