The Legislative Branch

The legislative (lej iss LAY tiv) branch is Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives (rep ree ZEN tuh tivz). This branch makes the laws for the United States. The Congress works in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The members of Congress are elected by the people of this country. There are no term limits for Congress. Each senator is elected for 6 years. The leader of the Senate is the Vice President. There are 100 senators, 2 for each state.

Each representative is elected for 2 years. The leader of the House of Representatives is called the Speaker of the House. There are 435 representatives in Congress. States with more people get more representatives in the House.

The highest law in this land is our Constitution. Any changes to the Constitution are called amendments. No law can be passed that does not agree with our Constitution.



1. CONGRESS MAKES THE LAWS FOR THE UNITED STATES.

        



















2. SENATORS LIVE AND WORK IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING.

        





















3. THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT IS CALLED CONGRESS.

        





















4. SENATORS INTERPRET THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.

        





















5. SENATORS CAN BE RE-ELECTED ONLY TWO TIMES.

        





















6. THE CONGRESS MEETS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

        





















7. THE VICE PRESIDENT IS THE LEADER OF THE SENATE.

        





















8. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IS THE LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

        





















9. THERE ARE 435 REPRESENTATIVES.

        





















10. THE JOB OF THE CONGRESS IS TO MAKE THE LAWS.

        



































11. THE TERM OF OFFICE FOR A REPRESENTATIVE IS 2 YEARS.

        





















12. REPRESENTATIVES CAN BE RE-ELECTED ONLY TWO TIMES.

        





















13. THERE ARE 100 SENATORS.

        





















14. THE TERM OF OFFICE FOR A SENATOR IS 4 YEARS.

        





















15. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TOGETHER ARE CALLED CONGRESSMEN.

        























Choose the correct answer


  1. The supreme or highest law of the land is ...
    The President
    The Constitution
    The Legislative Branch
























  2. The Senate and the House of Representatives are the two houses of ...
    The Cabinet
    The Supreme Court
    Congress























  3. Making the laws of the United States is the job of ...
    The Judicial Branch
    The Legislative Branch
    The Executive Branch
























  4. An addition or change to the constitution is called ...
    an amendment
    a branch
    an article
























  5. Senators are elected for a term of ...
    2 years
    6 years
    4 years























  6. Representatives are elected for a term of ...
    4 years
    2 years
    6 years
























  7. The Senate and the House of Representatives form ...
    Congress
    Constitution
    Courts
























  8. How many Senators are there in Congress?
    50
    435
    100
























  9. How many Representatives are there in Congress?
    50
    100
    435
























  10. The Senators and Representatives are elected by ...
    the Vice-President
    the President
    the people































    by Jim Borkenhagen
    from template Janet F. Dixon, 1997