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SFSU Polisci 200 Spring 2013 Online
Chapter 11
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Political Studies
05/11/2013

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Who are the two presidents that were impeached?
Definition
Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson
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The belief that voters should choose legislators for their unbiased opinions, mature judgement, enlightened conscience and experience represents the ___________ model of representation.
Definition
trustee
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How often does reapportionment of House seats occur?
Definition
every ten years
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Which of the following statements explains the role of majority-minority districts in American politics?
Definition
the creation of majority-minority districts has increased the number of minority representatives in Congress but may have made Congress less responsive to concerns of minority groups
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Who is largely responsible for redrawing congressional district lines?
Definition
state legislatures
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The 2005 Republican plan to eliminate the filibuster in order to bypass Senatorial Democrats' efforts to block President Bush's appointments was referred to as the ___________ .
Definition
nuclear option
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What is the only way a bill that has been killed in committee can reach the floor?
Definition
through a discharge petition
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Members of the Congress represent ___________ .
Definition
the people
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U.S. Senators are elected ___________ .
Definition
from the whole state rather than from individually defined districts
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Congressional subcommittees ___________ .
Definition
are the real work horses of Congress
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A redistricting plan drawn for the purpose of creating a new district with a partisan majority would do which of the following?
Definition
Draw new boundaries around a geographic territory containing a majority of voters likely to vote along partisan lines.
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In the Senate, unanimous consent refers to the ___________ .
Definition
business of floor debate being blocked by a single dissenter
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Which of the following is an example of the power that parties have over their members in Congress?
Definition
Party leaders handle the difficult and sometimes contentious chore of making committee appointments.
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Which of the following factors most likely contributes to legislative gridlock?
Definition
Greater ideological polarization of the parties
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Congressional committee hearings are ___________ .
Definition
often designed to send signals from committee members to the relevant parts of the bureaucracy
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The final Congressional Committee to address a bill before it is sent to the president is usually the ___________ .
Definition
Conference Committee
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___________ is unique to the House of Representatives.
Definition
The power to originate revenue bills
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If a president vetoes a bill, how many votes are required to override the veto?
Definition
a two-thirds majority of both Houses of Congress
Term
Now that most of the population lives in urban areas, what question is important to consider?
Definition
?? I DONT KNOW
(NOT will people continue moving into the city over time?)
Term
What type of committee, specified in the House and Senate rules, is relatively permanent?
Definition
A standing committee
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The congressional hearings on the management of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina represent which part of Congress' job?
Definition
Oversight
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The fact that members of the Senate and the House come to Washington as representatives of states and districts, brings an aspect of ___________ to congressional affairs.
Definition
localism
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Which party dominated both houses of Congress during the last four years of presidency of George W. Bush
Definition
Democrats
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How many votes are needed in order to invoke cloture?
Definition
60
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Congress has the power to ___________ .
Definition
make laws