Just supply the answer to each question do not write it out the question.
- What are the functions of the party whip?
- What is the function of the House Rules Committee?
- What is meant by the term Legislative Oversight? Describe how this responsibility works with the idea of checks and balances.
- Describe the different types of committees: joint committee; conference committee, select committee. What is the purpose of a subcommittee? Research a committee mentioned above and discuss its purpose and actions it has taken.
- What is a Filibuster? Which house of Congress can filibuster? What is the purpose of a filibuster? Why are filibusters important? How do members of Congress stop a filibuster? What is this called?
- Describe how a filibuster is conducted today. Describe how a filibuster was conducted in the past. Find a situation where a filibuster was used and explain what happened.
- Which type of filibuster do you think is better? Why
- What is meant by reconciliation? Discuss the procedure to create a reconciliation. Research a situation where reconciliation has been used in the past and be ready to discuss what you found in class.
- What is the purpose of a lobbyist. Research a lobbying group and be able to discuss their position on legislation in which they are interested.
- Discuss the different ways that Congress is influenced by political parties? By Constituencies? Lobbyists and Interest Groups? How does political ideology play a role?
- Where is the necessary and proper clause found in the Constitution? What does this phrase mean? What power does this give Congress?
- What is necessary in order for the House or Senate to expel a member?
- How is the number of representatives for each state determined?
- Who determines the times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives?
- If a state has a vacancy in Congress who appoints a replacement?
- What does the constitution prevent the Senate from doing?
- What is the purpose of the courts, both state and federal?
2 .What is meant by judicial federalism?
- What are the different levels and functions of the federal courts? What is the jurisdiction of the District Courts? Appellate Courts? Supreme Court?
- How does the federal court organization compare with the organization of New Jersey’s Courts? What is the jurisdiction of each court level in New Jersey?
- Discuss the three types of judicial selection in the states. Why is the idea of electing judges controversial? How do you think judges should be selected? (See What do you think, p 435).
- What is the process for making someone a Supreme Court Justice or a Federal Judge? How long are their terms as Judges? How does this affect or not affect our notions of democracy? Why? Is it important for the Courts to remain independent? Why or why not?
- What considerations are taken into account when nominating or consenting to a judicial appointment? Find a situation where a federal judicial nominee was questioned by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
- If the Constitution was not clear about the power of the courts, how was that power established?
- What is meant by judicial activism? What is meant by judicial restraint? Which do you believe makes more sense? Why? Find a situation where the Supreme Court utilized each concept?
- Should the Constitution be considered a living document? Why or why not?
- What are the basic functions of the United States Supreme Court?
- What is meant by standing to sue? Create an example.
- What is a justiciable dispute?
- What is meant by original jurisdiction? Appellate jurisdiction?
- What is a writ of certiorari?
- What are amicus curiae briefs? Why are they important? Find a case where there is an amicus curiae brief.
- What are the duties and functions of the Solicitor General?
- What is meant by stare decisis? What is precedent? Why is it important? Give an example.
- Be prepared to discuss each of the 19 cases on pp. 456-462.
- What is the courts function? Should the Court interpret laws or make policy, or both? Does the interpretation of the law sometimes lead to making public policy? Explain your answer. Give two examples of how the Supreme Court has made policy.
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