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Our American Government

Our American Government

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Published by Steve Diggins
Our American Government 2003
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GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICEWASHINGTON
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For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing OfficeInternet: bookstore.gpo.govPhone: toll free (866) 512–1800; DC area (202) 512–1800Fax: (202) 512–2250Mail: Stop SSOP, Washington, DC 20402–000187–102
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OUR AMERICANGOVERNMENT
 2003 Edition
E:\Seals\Congress.#13Printed by authority of H. Con. Res. 139, 108th Congress
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H. Con. Res. 139Agreed to June 20, 2003
One Hundred Eighth Congressof theUnited States of America
 AT THE FIRST SESSION
 Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the seventhday of January, two thousand and three
Concurrent Resolution
 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
SEC. 2. OUR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.
(a) I
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.—The 2003 revised edition of the brochure enti-tled ‘‘Our American Government’’ shall be printed as a House docu-ment under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing.(b) A
DDITIONAL
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.—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 $454,160, 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:J
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Clerk of the House of Representatives.
 Attest:E
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J. R
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Secretary of the Senate.
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C O N T E N T S
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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.............................................................................................62 A
PPENDICES
 Glossary of Legislative Terms................................................................................71Selective Bibliography and References..................................................................78State Population and House Apportionment.........................................................81House and Senate Political Divisions....................................................................83The Declaration of Independence...........................................................................85Constitution of the United States..........................................................................89 Amendments to the Constitution....................................................................101Proposed Amendments to the Constitution Not Ratified by the States.......117Index.........................................................................................................................121
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