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The Constitution requires revenue bills to originate in the

a. Treasury Department.
b. House.
c. Internal Revenue Service.
d. Senate.

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2657, Lawmaking, Part 1: Introducing a bill
Today we begin a brief series on how laws are made.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2656, Bills and resolutions
Today on the podcast: simple, joint, and concurrent resolutions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2655, President pro tempore
Today we learn about the president pro tempore of the Senate and the majority whip of the House.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2654, Senate leadership
Today we learn about the vice president's role in the Senate.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2653, Office of Speaker in England and America
Today we contrast the speaker of the House of Commons with that of the House of Representatives.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2652, Leadership in the House vs. the Senate
The House and Senate have a different leadership structure.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2651, A powerful Speaker of the House
The Speaker of the House is a powerful position.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2650, Influence of political parties on Congress
Political parties have sway in Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2649, Senate rules
The Senate has rules, too. Learn about some of these on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2648, Rules for House committees
Rules, rules, rules. Your mom has them, your school has them, even the House of Representatives has them.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2647, The purpose of congressional committees
The careful, deliberative work of Congress often occurs during committee meetings.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2646, Congressional committees
Today we start our series on how Congress performs its functions in the American constitutional system.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2645, Casework and legislation
On today's podcast, we learn how members of Congress serve the public.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2644, Communication with constituents
According to C-SPAN, there are 570 official congressional Twitter accounts. Do you follow your members of Congress?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2643, Delegate vs. trustee theory of representation
Today on the podcast: the delegate vs. trustee theory of representation
60-Second Civics: Episode 2642, The size of Congress
How large is the U.S. Congress compared to other national legislatures? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2641, Congress composed of 535 legislators
Today we learn about the size of Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2640, Gerrymandering
Today, it's everyone's least favorite political practice: gerrymandering.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2639, One person, one vote
Today we learn about the one person, one vote rule.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2638, Legislative districts
What can you do if you don't like the way your congressional district is drawn? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2637, Congress represents the people and the states.
Both the people and the states have a voice in Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2636, Inherent powers
The power to conduct investigations and compel testimony goes back to Parliament and the colonial legislatures.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2635, Enforcement powers
The enforcement powers of Congress have been used to enact sweeping civil rights, voting rights, and voting laws.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2634, Necessary and proper
The necessary and proper clause was controversial from the start.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2633, Congress and administrative agencies
Congress can both create and oversee administrative agencies.