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Answers -- Fun, Facts, and Trivia
May 2003 Issue

The Dirksen Center wants to help teachers teach better by giving them the opportunity to use technology to create, customize, and share online learning activities in their classrooms. The Center wants to help students learn more by bringing educational resources together in one place that provide new ways to learn about Congress interactively.

Committee Witty?

Once a bill is written, you have to keep your eye on it because it starts to move. Sometimes a bill moves quickly, other times it moves slowly. You always have to be on your toes if you’re going to follow it all the way until it becomes a law. Teachers, do your students know how a bill becomes a law? Are they aware of committee action in the process? Help your students learn that there is a definite process by introducing Bills on the Move found on Congress for Kids. Find this interactive exercise at:

1. Legislation that has been passed in different forms by each chamber is reconciled into a single bill by…

A) standing committees
B) select committees
C) special committees
D) conference committees
E) secret committees

2. The House committee with primary jurisdiction over tax law is…

A) Appropriations
B) Financial Services
C) Ways and Means
D) Finance Committee (A trick answer: There is no House Finance Committee!)

3. What specific kinds of bills can be introduced only in the House of Representatives?
Answer: Bills on revenue and appropriations

20 Minute Activity

Teachers prepare a worksheet: List the different committees in the Senate and House of Representatives. It should also list various bill proposals. Pass out worksheets and have students match the bill to the committee they would assign to it. Discuss answers as a class.

Answers to the April issue of Fun, Facts, and Trivia link here:

Do you have or know of an online activity you would like The Dirksen Congressional Center to feature on its new Web site for students -- Congress for Kids? The Center is currently seeking online activities that provide new ways to learn about Congress and the workings of the federal government interactively.

If you have questions or suggestions for online activities, contact Cindy Koeppel.

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