19 Facts About United States Congress

1. United States Congress is the legislature of the federal government of the United States.

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2. System of seniority, in which long-time members of United States Congress gained more and more power, encouraged politicians of both parties to seek long terms.

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3. From 2007 to 2008, 175 members of United States Congress received "half or more of their campaign cash" from PACs.

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4. The session of United States Congress ended prematurely and United States Congress representatives evacuated.

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5. The event was the first time since the Burning of Washington that the United States Congress was forcefully occupied.

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6. Sections One through Six describe how United States Congress is elected and gives each House the power to create its own structure.

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7. Many government actions require fast coordinated effort by many agencies, and this is a task that United States Congress is ill-suited for.

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8. Some members of United States Congress are elected by their peers to be officers of these committees.

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9. Library of United States Congress was established by an act of United States Congress in 1800.

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10. The Library had mostly law books when it was burned by a British raiding party during the War of 1812, but the library's collections were restored and expanded when United States Congress authorized the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's private library.

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11. Term of United States Congress is divided into two "sessions", one for each year; United States Congress has occasionally been called into an extra or special session.

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12. Incumbent members of United States Congress running for reelection have strong advantages over challengers.

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13. Since fundraising is vital, "members of United States Congress are forced to spend ever-increasing hours raising money for their re-election.

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14. Critics contend that members of United States Congress are more likely to attend to the needs of heavy campaign contributors than to ordinary citizens.

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15. Still, we are not exaggerating when we say that United States Congress is essential to American democracy.

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16. Major role for members of United States Congress is providing services to constituents.

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17. From 1789 to 1815, members of United States Congress received only a daily payment of $6 while in session.

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18. In 2006, members of United States Congress received a yearly salary of $165,200.

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19. In January 2014, it was reported that for the first time over half of the members of United States Congress were millionaires.

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