Learning Objectives

By the time you finish reading this chapter, you will be able to

4.1 Outline how the Constitution structures Congress

4.2 Describe how Congress organizes itself and identify key roles

4.3 Detail the congressional role in checks and balances

4.4 Describe how Congress makes laws

4.5 Explain the constitutional and political tensions that make it difficult for Congress to act quickly

4.6 Describe how congressional elections work

4.7 Identify the factors candidates must consider when running for office

4.8 Understand what kind of Congress congressional elections produce