This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into how state and local governments are organized and how they function under the American constitutional government. This indicator encourages further inquiry into how federalism provides for several...

Grade(s): 12

Subject(s): Social Studies

Year: 2019

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James Otis Lecture 2020 (Full Program)
James Otis Lecture 2020 (Full Program)

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The 2020 James Otis Lecture will feature Richard Gergel, United States district judge, providing an informative presentation about his book “Unexampled Courage,” which details the impact of the...
Checks and Balances | Facts of Congress
Checks and Balances | Facts of Congress

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No branch of government should dominate the other. Congress passes laws, but the President must approve. The President nominates judges, but Congress approves. The Supreme Court can declare laws...
Federalism | Facts of Congress
Federalism | Facts of Congress

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The U.S. Government is made up of local, state and federal government. Local government handle local issues like police, water, and building permits. State government handles issues like education...
House of Representatives | Facts of Congress
House of Representatives | Facts of Congress

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Learn about the House of Representatives. States elect representatives based on the population. Larger states like California have more representatives than a smaller state like Vermont...
Key Congressional Leaders | Facts of Congress
Key Congressional Leaders | Facts of Congress

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The Speaker of the House is the leader of the House of Representatives. Their job is to set which bills will be voted on and to maintain order Both the House and the Senate have a majority and minor...
Senate | Facts of Congress
Senate | Facts of Congress

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Learn about the Senate, one of the bodies that make up the U.S. Congress. There are 100 senators, two from each state. Senators can serve six-year terms. Some of their duties include approving or...
Three Branches of Government | Facts of Congress
Three Branches of Government | Facts of Congress

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Learn about the three branches of government. The president is the executive branch. The president makes important decisions on issues like the environment or healthcare, and is the Commander-in-Chief...
Why Congress Matters | Facts of Congress
Why Congress Matters | Facts of Congress

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Over 200 year ago when the founders were defining the three branches, they spent most of their time defining Congress. They believed without a Congress, freedom would be hard to maintain. If the...