In This Chapter

  • The role of Congress in democracy
  • How Congress has changed
  • The scope of congressional powers
  • Congress’s expressed and implied powers
  • The nonlegislative powers of Congress

We are a representative democracy. In the United States, the elected representatives and their appointees handle the day-to-day business of government. The U.S. Congress is the leading example of our form of government. It is the legislative branch of the national government.

The National Legislature

The framers clearly intended for Congress to have the paramount function in our government because they made the first, and the longest, of ...

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