Do You Actually Know The Legislative Process?

Sure, you took a civics class back in elementary school, but how much did you really learn about the legislative process? The system has plenty of quirks, and a lot of stuff seems obvious, but isn't. Let's put your legislative knowledge to the test.

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Which is the House committee considered the most powerful because it determines how and for how long pieces of legislation will be heard?
Ways and Means
Legislative Affairs
Energy and Commerce
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A joint session, usually called to hear the President or a foreign dignitary, requires what action by Congress?
A concurrent resolution, passed by both houses but not requiring a presidential signature
A simple majority in both houses on a resolution, but no presidential signature
A simple majority in both houses on a resolution, plus a presidential signature
A joint session doesn’t require formal action
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What is the name of the tactic used to combat a filibuster, since it puts a time limit on all debate and only requires a simple majority of votes to pass an amendment?
Limited Debate
Closed Session
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Can states impose term limits on their federal Senators or Representatives?
Only after the Congressman has served three terms
Only with a two-thirds majority in their state legislature
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What is a pocket veto?
When the President vetoes a bill and it never comes back to the floor of either chamber
When the President doesn’t sign a bill and Congress is not back in session within the designated time limit
When the President never signs a bill and doesn’t return in to Congress
When the Vice President, there to break a tie in the Senate, votes against a bill on the order of the President
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How much time does the President have to sign a bill or return it unsigned to Congress?
24 hours
5 days
10 days
One month
7 of 10
How many states have to ratify a Constitutional amendment?
All 50
At least 40
At least 38
At least 26
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To date, all Constitutional amendments have been proposed by passing with a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress. But what other way can a Constitutional amendment be proposed?
It passes the Senate with a two-thirds majority and the President signs it
The President drafts and signs it
The House passes it with a supermajority and two-thirds of state legislatures approve it with a simple majority
Two-thirds of the state legislatures call a Constitutional convention
9 of 10
Even though the House and Senate debate different bills, only one can go to the President’s desk. Which of the following is NOT a way that the two bills can become one?
With a supermajority, the Senate can simply advance their bill without the House’s approval
One chamber agrees to the one passed by the other
Members of each chamber appoint members to a committee that combines the bills
Each chamber proposes amendments until the bills are the same
10 of 10
Which of the following holidays does not traditionally accompany a Senate recess of more than one day?
Columbus Day
Easter and Passover
Martin Luther King Jr. Day