Safe Seat

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of safe seat?

  2. Use safe seat in a sentence (that you can be proud of):

  3. Describe a connection to safe seat in current events:

  4. Find an image related to safe seat:

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Definition

A safe seat is an electoral district in a legislative body which is regarded as fully secure, for either a certain political party, or the incumbent representative personally or a combination of both. In a safe seat it is a safe bet that the current office holder will win reelection.

Sentence

Swing seats tend to change control from one party to the next, but safe seats stay in the control of one party for the long term.

Current Events

Impeachment prospect worries Senate Republicans from swing states, and could endanger GOP majority

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Questions

  1. What is a safe seat?

  2. About how many US congressional districts are safe seats?

  3. Why are there so many safe seats in the U.S. Congress?

  4. Safe seats are not explicitly listed in the U.S. Freaking Constitution. What makes safe seats legal?

  5. Are safe seats good for American democracy?

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Now draw safe seat Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.

Congressional Oversight

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Prediction

  1. What is the meaning of congressional oversight?

  2. Use congressional oversight in a sentence (that you can be proud of):

  3. Describe a connection to congressional oversight in current events:

  4. Find an image related to congressional oversight:

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Definition

Congressional oversight refers to the power of the United States Congress to monitor and, if necessary, change the actions of the executive branch, including the many federal agencies. The primary goals of congressional oversight are to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect civil liberties and individual rights by ensuring that the executive branch complies with the laws and the Constitution. Derived from its “implied” powers in the U.S. Constitution, public laws, and House and Senate rules, congressional oversight is one of the key elements of the American system of checks and balances of power.

Sentence

But congressional oversight in general is not novel at all. Indeed, the practice of legislative oversight is older than America itself. The British Parliament, in the 17th and 18th centuries, regularly engaged in such investigations, and American colonial legislatures followed suit, assuming “usually without question, the right to investigate the conduct of other departments of the government and also other matters of general concern brought to their attention,” as written by the legal scholar C. S. Potts in the 1926 University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Current Events

The Need for Congressional Oversight Goes Far Beyond Impeachment

The U.S. Constitution

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 1

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  1. What is Congressional Oversight?

  2. Describe an instance of congressional oversight that has occurred in the past year?

  3. Congressional Oversight is not explicitly listed in the U.S. Freaking Constitution. By what means does the Congress have this power?

  4. What generally happens to the amount of Congressional oversight during divided government?

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Now draw congressional oversight Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.