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The Legislative Branch

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Transcript of The Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch
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Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch was established by Article 1 of the Constitution.
Inside the Legislative Branch, there are the House of Representatives, and the Senate. They both form the United States Congress.
The Constitution allows the Congress to enact legislation, and to declare war.

Bibliography

"The Legislative Branch." The White House. The White House, 01 Apr. 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

Link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/legislative-branch

https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/

Legislative process
House of Representatives
The first step of the Legislative Process is the introduction of a bill to the Congress. After the bill is written, the Congress introduces it. following this, the bill is sent to an appropriate committee for review.
A bill is considered in a subcommittee, and then sent to a full committee for additional review.
After both committees look at the bill, they call in the faculty of perceiving sounds (a.k.a. the hearing) to identify if any extra flaws in the bill.
Finally, when the bill is up for consideration the House has a structured debate process.

Members serve two year terms.
The House of Representatives contains 435 members.
To be in the House you must be at least 25 years of age, have been a citizen of the U.S. for the past 7 years, and at least during the election you must be an inhabitant of the state you represent.
Responsibilities of the House of Representatives are stated in article #1 of the constitution.
Impeachment
Richard Nixon
President Richard Nixon narrowly avoided impeachment in 1974.
Five men had been hired by Nixon’s reelection team, and were found burglarizing the Democratic party’s headquarters.
Nixon refused to admit to this and to turn over any evidence.
These actions almost resulted in impeachment.
A charge of misconduct made against holder of a public office.
In extreme situations, the congress can begin the process of removing the President from office.
Impeachment can be used on any federal officer.
In the history of the US, 16 people have been impeached from the House of Representatives.
Senate
The Senate is made up of 100 people, two from each state.
A Senator serves six years.
Requirements for the Senate include being 30 years old, being a U.S. citizen and you must be an inhabitant of the state you represent.
Vice-President is referred to as head of the Senate.
The Senate also advises during nominations, treaties, and oversees conduct of all branches of the federal government.

Once receiving the bill, the President has several options. If he agrees substantially with the bill, he signs it into law, and the bill is put into action. On the other hand, if he believes the bill to have bad policy, he can veto the bill and send it back to Congress which subsequently votes on whether or not to scrap the bill. If Congress votes with a two-thirds majority not to scrap it, then the veto is overridden, and the bill becomes law. Otherwise it is abandoned.
“There are two other options that the President may exercise. If Congress is in session and the President takes no action within 10 days, the bill becomes law. If Congress adjourns before 10 days are up and the President takes no action, then the bill dies and Congress may not vote to override it. This is called a pocket veto, and if Congress still wants to pass the legislation, they must begin the entire process anew.” (US Government).

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton got impeached for two reseaons 1. Perjury 2. Obstruction of Justice.
Perjury is lying under oath.
Key Concepts
What is the legislative branch?
What is the legislative process?
What is the House of Representatives? What is the Senate.
What is impeachment?
What is Nixon's story?
Why was Clinton impeached?
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