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Transcript of Legislative Branch
Making laws, Bills and Taxes!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 12
The Legislative Branch is in charge of making the laws and changing existing laws based on the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
The importance of the Legislative Branch
The legislative branch is one of the three main branches of a democratic government.
This branch is responsible for creating laws and treaties which affect internal affairs and external affairs and external affairs.
The legislative powers are designed to have built in check and balances between itself and the other two bodies of the government.
Representation is based on the number of people living in each state. More populated states have more representatives. They are also elected by the people in each state. There are around 435 representatives currently. They serve 2 years, and then can be re-elected. There are no term limits.
The House of Representatives was established as a result of the Great Compromise.
The House is larger than the Senate.
The Constitution gave Congress the power to determine the size of the House and to divide representation according to state population. States with large populations have more representatives than small states.
Only the House can introduce spending bills.
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
When the bill comes up for consideration, the House has a very structured debate process.
Their representative house, and in going to and returning from the same, and for any speech or debate in their house.
Every state has 2 senators, who are elected by the people of that state. There are 100 senators who each serve 6 years, then can be re-elected. There are no term limits
Our country's legislative branch, or Congress, includes another law making body called the Senate.
Voters elect two senators from each state, regardless of population size. There is equal representation from each state in the Senate. It doesn't matter if the state is big or small, densely or sparsely populated, or where it is located.
Senators are elected every 6 years. The elections are staggered so that both senators from a state are not elected at the same time.
Only the Senate can approve or reject treaties and presidential nominations for government offices.
The Constitution states the qualifications for being a senator. To be a senator a person must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years, and have fulfilled the requirements for residency in the state that person wishes to representative.
Senator or representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the united states.
I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.
- Hillary Clinton
This branch is made up of Congress, which consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Although this branch has the ability to create and pass laws, other branches of the government, such as the executive branch and the judicial branch, have their own powers that help keep a set of checks and balances in the U.S. government and prevent each branch from having too much power over the others.
They create legislation
they appropriate funds
over sight hearing
represent their people from their state
House of Representative