Suppose you had fifteen minutes to describe the ten most important features of the U.S. Congress - could you do it'? What would appear on your list?
Students will read through the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Congress and then apply their understanding of key vocabulary terms associated with each item on the list.
#6 Political parties organize both houses of Congress, including the selection of leade1-s The two major political parties organize the two chambers, choose their leaders, and develop the legislative agenda. Although both the House and the Senate are characterized by a good deal of individual ism and decentralization, the parties and leaders serve a unifying function. Members of the majority party (having at least 51 senators or 218 representatives) chair the committees, hire the staff, schedule the chambers' business, and determine the pace of work. Parties also provide an element of cohesion during votes.