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What function does Congress perform?
It is the legislative branch of government
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Where in the Constitution is its' role outlined?
Article 1
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What was the intention of the Founding Fathers?
That Congress would have the dominant role in American government
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What does congress have absolute power in?
The legislative process
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Despite this, what is it influenced by today?
A presidential agenda
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Why can Congress not be controlled?
It is independent from the Executive
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What enumerated power of the House of Representatives makes it especially powerful?
Power of the purse. The ability to approve Presidential budgets etc.
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What is Congress representative of?
The voice of the people
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Why is this?
It is regularly held accountable by elections
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What is Congress made up of?
The House of Representatives and the Senate
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What are the characteristics of these chambers?
Different but equally powerful
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Why were two separate chambers created?
So they could check and balance each other, so they could respond to different constituencies and pressures
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What type of legislature is this?
Bicameral (literally, two chambers)
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