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Usa Govt

Usa Govt

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GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICEWASHINGTON
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 2d Session
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2000
106–216
OUR AMERICANGOVERNMENT
 2000 Edition
Printed by authority of H. Con. Res. 221, 106th Congress
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(II)
H. Con. Res. 221Agreed to January 31, 2000
One Hundred Sixth Congressof theUnited States of America
 AT THE SECOND SESSION
 Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the thirty- first day of January, two thousand
Concurrent Resolution
 Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
(a) I
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G
ENERAL
.—An edition of the brochure entitled ‘‘Our Amer-ican Government’’, as revised under the direction of the Parliamen-tarian of the House of Representatives in consultation with theParliamentarian of the Senate, shall be printed as a House docu-ment under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing.(b) A
DDITIONAL
C
OPIES
.—In addition to the usual number, thereshall be printed the lesser of—(1) 550,000 copies of the document, of which 440,000 copiesshall be for the use of the House of Representatives, 100,000copies shall be for the use of the Senate, and 10,000 copiesshall be for the use of the Joint Committee on Printing; or(2) such number of copies of the document as does not exceeda total production and printing cost of $412,873, with distribu-tion to be allocated in the same proportion as described inparagraph (1), except that in no case shall the number of cop-ies be less than 1 per Member of Congress. Attest:G
 ARY
L. S
ISCO
,
Secretary of the Senate.
 Attest:J
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RANDAHL
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Clerk of the House of Representatives.
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(III)
C O N T E N T S
Page
Foreword...................................................................................................................VDemocracy and Its American Interpretation.........................................................1The Constitution......................................................................................................2The Legislative Branch...........................................................................................6The Congress............................................................................................................6Members, Offices, and Staff.............................................................................6Congressional Process and Powers.................................................................21Congressional Rules and Procedures..............................................................24The Committee System....................................................................................33The Executive Branch.............................................................................................38The President and Vice President...................................................................40The Executive Departments and Agencies.....................................................50The Independent Agencies and Commissions.......................................................52The Judicial Branch................................................................................................53The Courts of the United States.....................................................................53The Justices and Judges..................................................................................55The Electoral Process..............................................................................................56Information Resources.............................................................................................65 A
PPENDICES
Glossary of Legislative Terms................................................................................75Selective Bibliography and References..................................................................82State Population and House Apportionment.........................................................85House and Senate Political Divisions....................................................................86The Declaration of Independence...........................................................................89Constitution of the United States..........................................................................93 Amendments to the Constitution....................................................................105Proposed Amendments to the Constitution Not Ratified by the States.......121Index.........................................................................................................................125
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