When is it appropriate to use a semicolon in writing?
A semicolon may be used to combine two phrases that are both complete sentences, and are usually, but not necessarily, related to each other. Example: I bought three pounds of apples at the store; they were on sale for half price.
According to the GALLUP Poll, the highest approval rating for the US Congress ever recorded was in October of 2001, at 84%. This number is significantly higher than it ever was, or had ever been since. What could be an example of why it might have been so high?
This number was recorded shortly after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Congress voted to take military action in the Middle East shortly afterward, which many Americans supported. This could explain Congress's unusually high approval rating at that time.
What are some of the powers granted to the United States Congress by the Constitution? Where can they be found?
Article II of the US Constitution lists the powers of Congress. Among other things, Congress has the power to declare war, to coin money, to regulate commerce between states, and to create and ratify treaties with other nations.