Time needed: 1–2 hours
The legislative branch, or Congress, is the branch of the United States government that creates laws. Two groups make up Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
You are going to find out how funds are allocated by Congress—and see if you agree with their decisions!
Whether you realize it or not, you probably have some political issues you’re passionate about. Maybe you’re determined to spread the word about climate change, or maybe you want to improve the lives of your city’s homeless veterans. If you want to make a difference, you can start by fully understanding how your government works. Informed citizens are changemakers!
One responsibility of Congress is creating the federal budget. Spend some time researching the big buckets of spending in the United States. What percentage of the budget is typically spent on the military? What about health care?
Then, create your own pie chart showing how you’d recommend allocating funds if you were a member of Congress.
Think about what you just did:
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