Lesson 21: What Is the Role of Congress in American Constitutional Democracy?

Lesson 21: What Is the Role of Congress in American Constitutional Democracy?

Congress often is called America’s first branch of government because of its lawmaking powers and its control over the nation's purse. More than any other branch of the national government, it is the people's branch. Members of Congress are directly accountable to those who elect them. This lesson examines Congress's constitutional powers and how Congress represents both the people and the states.\n

We the People
Center for Civic Education

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

STANDARDS:
RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

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