Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide

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Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide

Gives citizens the basic information they need to know about Congress. The booklet has four sections: The first, "Representative Democracy," outlines the powers granted to Congress by the Constitution and highlights Congress' vital role in forging compromises among the many conflicting opinions in our large and diverse nation. The second section, "How Congress Functions," gives an overview of the House and Senate and the process by which a bill becomes law. Section three, "How Members of Congress Work," sketches what members and congressional committees do on a typical day. Finally, "How You Participate" emphasizes that Americans must communicate their concerns to Congress in order for the body to respond to the people's needs.