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Legislative Branch (Congress) Questions

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  • Why does Congress have two houses?
  • Is the system of equal representation for all states in the United States Senate antidemocratic? Why or why not?
  • Why does the Constitution require a reapportionment of congressional seats every ten years?
  • Why was McCullough v. Maryland (1819) one of the most important Supreme Court cases in American history?
  • Why would James Madison, one of the most important of the framers of the Constitution, have considered Congress to be "the first branch" of the government?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of gerrymandering?
  • Should legislators' primary allegiance be to the interests of the nation as a whole, or to the interests of the constituents they represent? Why?
  • Should the Constitution's implied powers of government be interpreted broadly or narrowly? Why?
  • Is deficit financing of government programs a good idea? Why or why not?
  • Should filibustering be allowed in the Senate? Why or why not?

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