The Legislative Branch: How Powerful is it Today?
The U.S Constitution created the Legislative Branch, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. These two houses together constitute the U.S federal Congress. The primary role of the Legislative Branch is to make laws. They do this by proposing bills, which, if passed by both houses and signed by the President, become law. The Legislative Branch also has the power to ratify treaties and international agreements.
2. The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch is made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives.
– Each state has two Senators, regardless of population size.
– Senators are elected to six-year terms and they are not term-limited.
– Senators must be at least 30 years old and have been U.S citizens for at least 9 years.
– The Senate has several important roles, including advising and consenting to presidential appointments and ratifying treaties.
– The Senate also tries impeachment cases for federal officials who have been accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by the House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives:
– The number of Representatives from each state is based on population size. As of 2019, there are 435 Representatives.
– Representatives are elected to two-year terms and they are not term-limited.
– Representatives must be at least 25 years old and have been U.S citizens for at least 7 years.
– The House of Representatives has several important roles, including impeaching federal officials, declaring war, and voting on taxes.
– The Speaker of the House is the leader of the House of Representatives and is elected by its members.
3. Conclusion paper will provide a detailed analysis on how powerful the legislative branch really is in our government today