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Chapter 6: The Legislative Branch

Student Web Activity

"Your Representatives in Congress"

In this chapter you have read about the structure and function of the U.S. Congress. In the House of Representatives, 435 men and women work to pass laws that will improve the quality of life for all Americans. They and their staff workers also respond to the questions and problems of constituents and the congressperson’s district or state. In this activity you will take a closer look at the person who represents you in this legislative body.

Destination Title: United States House of Representatives

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Start at the House of Representatives home page.

  • If you know the name of your representative, select his or her name from the drop-down menu. If not, search for your representative by entering your zip code.
  • Read the information on your representative's Web site.
  • Click back to the home page.
  • Click on Committees' Web sites. Select any committee and browse its page.

After you have browsed through this information answer the following questions.

What is your representative’s name and political party?
On which committees does your representative serve?
What is one piece of legislation on which your representative is currently working?
What committee did you choose? Who is its chairperson? What is one bill the committee is currently studying?
Write a letter to your representative expressing your opinion on an issue that concerns you.
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