U. S. Government: Democracy In Action

Chapter 6: Development of Congressional Powers

Development of Congressional Powers

When Congress created the Second Bank of the United States in 1816, strict constructionists argued that Congress __________
A)should put a tax on the notes of the federal bank.
B)could issue notes without paying state taxes.
C)could take any measures to carry out its powers.
D)did not have the power to charter such a bank.
The last clause of Article I, Section 8 gives Congress its __________
A)expressed powers.
B)implied powers.
C)enumerated powers.
D)power of the purse.
Witnesses can be required to testify to congressional committees about illegal activities in which they are involved if they __________
A)take the Fifth Amendment.
B)work for the president.
C)are held in contempt and jailed.
D)have been granted immunity.
Legislative oversight is a good example of the constitutional principle of __________
A)separation of powers.
B)checks and balances.
D)judicial review.
Conflicts in government occur when a president wants a major proposal approved and __________
A)it directly benefits lawmakers' districts.
B)the nation is in a state of emergency.
C)a majority in Congress belongs to the president's party.
D)a committee chairperson opposes it.
Congress dominated policy making in the Republic during __________
A)the first 150 years.
B)the Civil War.
C)the Great Depression.
D)World War II.
To make sure public money has been spent according to law, lawmakers have the finances of federal agencies monitored by the __________
A)National Security Council.
B)General Accounting Office.
C)Supreme Court.
D)House and Senate.
The Congressional Budget Office was created to provide __________
A)financial experts to advise Congress.
B)a permanent budget committee for each house.
C)limits on the president's ability to impound funds.
D)reactions to the president's budget.
Line-item veto legislation authorizes the president to veto __________
A)conditions in a bill on how money is to be spent.
B)any lines or items in a bill he disagrees with.
C)an entire bill.
D)spending items and certain tax breaks in a bill.
The Senate helps shape foreign policy chiefly through its power to __________
A)regulate interstate commerce.
B)propose amendments to the Constitution.
C)ratify treaties with other nations.
D)negotiate executive agreements.
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