In Congress, a rider is an amendment made to a bill that does not have a strong association with the bill's content. Riders are often controversial in nature, with one example including a proposal designed to increase th... More »

Formal congressional sessions occur twice in any two-year inter-convening period; there is one session per year. During this time, Congress is obligated to conduct all of its legislative, judicial and executive duties, a... More » Government & Politics US Government Branches of Government

Congress is typically divided into two annual sessions of the Senate. In 2015, the 114th Congress is in the first session, which began on January 6, 2015. The previous, 113th Congress held two sessions: January 3, 2013 t... More » Government & Politics US Government Branches of Government

The powers denied to Congress are enumerated in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution of the United States. A key provision necessary for passing the original Constitution was a compromise between the free and slave s... More »

Congress can check the president by overriding a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority vote, by confirming or rejecting cabinet members or other appointees the president has selected, and by subpoenaing as witness... More »

Congress has the power to make new laws, change existing laws, raise and support armed forces, declare war, establish post offices, secure patents and copyrights, collect taxes, regulate commerce, oversee the national bu... More »

While senators serve 6-year terms in Congress, house representatives have 2-year terms. There is no limit to how many terms a person can serve in congress, and there are differences between what senators and house repres... More » Government & Politics US Government Branches of Government