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House vs Senate

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Transcript of House vs Senate

The House The House vs the Senate A Differential Comparison 435 Members
Representation determined by population
The Speaker of the House presides General Information Entrance Requirements 25 Years Old
Citizen of the US for ≥ 7 Years Day to Day Operations Almost everything is done in committees.
Limited floor debate time.
Formal atmosphere.
Decentralized, distributed structure. The House must start the impeachment process.
The House must start all bills related to money.
The House votes on the president in the case that nobody gets a majority of the electoral votes. Powers The Senate General Information 100 Members
Representation fixed at 2 per state
The Vice President presides; however, he can only vote in the case of a tie Terms/Elections Members serve two year terms
All seats are up for grabs every two years
Incumbency Rate: 93.35% Source: Center for Responsive Politics 435 Members
Representation based on population
The Speaker of the House presides 30 Years Old
Citizen of the US for ≥ 9 Years Entrance Requirements Terms / Elections Members serve six year terms
1/3 of seats are elected every two years
Incumbency Rate: 81.61% Source: Center for Responsive Politics Day to Day Operations Committees play an important role, but not as big as in the House
Unlimited floor debate time
Fairly informal atmosphere
Centralized structure The Senate tries officials that the House has voted to impeach.
The Senate confirms presidential appointments.
The Senate can ratify treaties with a 2/3 vote. Powers The Similarities Members must be from their state
Members are mostly white males
Incumbency rates are high
Propose bills to become laws
Houses of Congress
Vote on bills and amendments
Use committees to get work done
Joint committees help resolve differences
Have majority and minority leaders Fin
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