Our U.S. government has three distinct branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. The legislative branch is filled by Congress, which is divided into two houses - the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the January issue, COBBLESTONE (R) explores Congress's powers and limits and why the Founders considered it the most important branch of the government. We'll also review who can serve in each house, how a bill makes its way through the legislative process, what it means to serve on a committee, and take a look at some major laws the Congress has passed over the years. Of course, we'll take a quick "tour" of the Capitol, the place where most of the action takes place. And we've included an activity with some simplified rules on how to make group decisions using parliamentary-style procedures.