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Webquest: Introduction to Congress



Task 1 -Use the sites below to examine the demographics (makeup) of both the House & Senate.

Answer questions #1-3 on the provided sheet.
https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43869.pdf
http://www.dailynewsgems.com/2015/01/by-the-numbers-how-well-do-you-know-the-114th-congress.html
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/incoming-members-congress/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/new-congress-includes-minorities-woman-ever/
General Population:http://www.indexmundi.com/united_states/demographics_profile.html

Task 2 -Use the site below to identify the most important leaders in Congress.

Answer questions #4-8 on the provided sheet.
http://www.house.gov/leadership
http://www.senate.gov/reference/org_chart.htm

Task 3 -Use the sites below to identify the current party makeup of Congress.

Answer questions #9-10 on the provided sheet.
#9: House of Representatives-
http://artandhistory.house.gov/house_history/partydiv.aspx
#10: Senate-
http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/one_item_and_teasers/partydiv.htm

Task #4: Use the sites below to research the members of Congress that most impact us.

Answer questions #10-15 on the provided sheet.
Brendan Boyle:
http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001296
https://boyle.house.gov/about/full-biography
Pat Toomey:http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000461
http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=about_senator
Robert Casey:http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C001070
http://www.casey.senate.gov/about/biography/



Task #5: Use the site listed below to research the special powers of the House & Senate

Answer question #16-17 on the provided sheet.
http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/outlines/government-1991/the-legislative-branch-the-reach-of-congress/powers-of-the-house-and-senate.php

http://www.sparknotes.com/us-government-and-politics/american-government/congress/section2.rhtml



EXTRA CREDIT (if time allows): Answer thefollowing questions on the back of the last page
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/truman-signs-second-presidential-succession-act

1. How did President Cleveland change the Presidential Succession process in 1886?
2. What changes did the 1947 Presidential Succession Act make to the process?

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/uspresidents/a/pres_succession.htm

3. Examine the current order of Presidential Succession. Do you think any changes need to be made to reflect modern problems and concerns?