ISS: Senate Press Questions and Terminology

Below the break is a copy of the Press Questions and Congressional Terminology assignment. Due Nov. 19, 2012

Press Questions

Mr./Ms. Senator:

In preparation for this evening’s nationwide press conference, questions by the media have been selected for you to ponder and reply to.  In order to appear competent and qualified to intelligently represent your state, answer the following questions carefully.  Take into consideration your party affiliation, statehood, and seniority.  Answer ten (10) of the following questions to the best of your ability.  Your responses must be typed, noting statehood, seniority and party affiliation in the top, right corner.  Those questions in which you’re not wishing to respond to should have the words “no comment” place in substitution of a response.

  1. What is number one priority for you as a legislative representative this term?
  2. Many people blame the nation’s lack of morals on the accessibility to technology.  Should the government actively censor television, the internet, music, etc. save the morality of our nation?
  3. What is your position on gun control?  Do you feel that disarming the United States citizenry is productive or regressive? Why?
  4. A balanced budget was obtained in 1999.  Do you believe that a balanced budget can be achieved by the year 2020?
  5. With homosexuality slowly becoming accepted in the U.S., what is your stance on the legalization of homosexuals to wed and the repealing of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?
  6. The unemployment rate is at a four decade high, how do you plan to bring the rates down?
  7. Do you think that affirmative action is still necessary, and if so, what changes would you propose to make the plan less controversial?
  8. In the past five years there has been a dramatic cut in military spending.  Because of this the nation has lost valuable personnel, scientific innovations, respect, etc.  Should the spending remain the same?  Be increased?  Be reduced?  Explain.
  9. There is a great debate on how to improve education.  What changes would you make to improve the quality of education at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels?
  10. Crime rates are at high levels across the United States.  What do you plan to do to reduce these inflated rates?
  11. How is your home life?  It has been rumored throughout the media world that things are not going well between you and your significant other.
  12. Euthanasia is a good deed in some people’s opinions and a crime in others.  What do you think the government should do about euthanasia?  Should criminal punishment be enacted or should the nation see euthanasia as justifiably all right?
  13. The President, the Dept. of Defense, and the Dept. of Homeland Security support increase use of military drones and drone attacks against “known terrorist.” in foreign countries. What is your opinion of the continuance of this program without Congressional oversight?
  14. One of the fastest spreading diseases in the world is AIDS.  How should we, as a nation, handle AIDS, and should the government put more money into research?  If so, where should the money be taken from in the national budget?

Congressional Terminology

Explain:  Utilizing historical facts, current events and common sense, respond to the following questions.  Your answers should be clear, concise and complete.

  1. In given situations there are measures that can be introduced in only one of the two law making bodies.  What types of resolutions MUST be introduced ONLY in the House of Representatives?  Only in the Senate?
  1. What are the special purposes/functions of each of the following committees?
    1. Standing Committees:
    2. Subcommittees:
    3. Select/Special Committees:
    4. Joint Committees:
    5. Conference Committees:
  1. What is legislative immunity?  Is it an abused privilege for many in Congress?
  1. Besides the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore, discuss five other individuals that have a key role in the political process of Congress.
  1. There in a phenomenal amount of jargon used within the walls of the Capitol building.  Define the following words that would be heard throughout the law making facilities:
    1. Appropriations:
    2. Congressional Quarterly:
    3. Resolution:
    4. Junket:
    5. Pigeonholing:
    6. Cloture:
    7. Constituency:
    8. Franking Privilege:
    9. Party Caucus:
    10. Quorum:
  1. What is filibustering?  Can it be limited?  When? Was it ever successful
  1. What are five options that a standing committee has when reviewing a bill?
  1. There are five kinds of bills and resolutions, only three of which carry the full force of law.  Define the following:
    1. Public Bills:
    2. Private Bills:
    3. Joint Resolutions:
    4. Concurrent Resolutions:
    5. Simple Resolutions:

–          Of these five, which do NOT carry the force of law?


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