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By Ronald A. Reis

An interactive guidebook to the historical past and internal workings of the legislative department of the U.S. Government Providing a ancient viewpoint on all that's happening at the present time, US Congress for Kids examines the foremost milestones in congressional background, together with the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African american citizens and to girls, and investigating misconduct in either govt and personal associations. children should be engaged through the focal point on dramatic tales, personalities, and turning issues whereas additionally benefitting from the transparent discussions of Congressional objective, constitution, heritage, and ongoing matters. academic, hands-on actions that remove darkness from the workings of the U.S. Congress contain creating a residence ceremonial mace, growing congressional funds, creating a capitol dome, and designing a Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Once that happens, the bill goes to the states. At least three-quarters of the states must ratify (approve) the bill. If that takes place, the amendment be- ★ The Speaker of the House ★ The position of the Speaker of the House of Congress in 1869. He was elected as a sign Representatives is created in Article I, Section of respect from his colleagues. 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.  . ” ★★ State with the most Speakers: Massachusetts, with eight ★★ First (and only) Speaker to serve as president: James K.

Today, the centerpiece under the massive dome erected during the Civil War (1860–1865) is the great Rotunda. In 1865, the Italian painter Constantino Brumidi, the “Michelangelo of the Capitol,” painted a huge fresco under the dome. Depicting the Apotheosis [glorification] of George Washington, it is 180 feet above the Rotunda floor. North of the Rotunda, on the second floor of the Capitol Building, is the Senate chamber, where 100 US senators preside. South of the Rotunda, also on the second floor, is the House chamber, large enough to accommodate the 435 members of the House of Representatives.

Presidents, for example, have often wanted to be the only ones to make foreign policy, with no interference from Congress. Congress, in turn, has frequently wished to define how its laws must be administered by the executive branch. And the courts, from time to time, have tended to overreach by interpreting legislation in ways that Congress never intended. Thus, while our government is structured on a separation of powers, woven into that separation are overlapping checks and balances. This system of checks and balances requires Congress and the president to work together if anything is to be accomplished.

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