Journal 6 - Stoker 1 Greg Stoker Dr. Seabold POLI-101...

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Stoker 1 Greg Stoker Dr. Seabold POLI-101 October 15, 2007 Why did the founders choose to structure Congress as an institution with two houses? How has this affected how government is organized and how ideas become law? What are the main factors that affect the power and importance of Congress? What is the proper relationship between Congress and the other branches of government? The founders chose to structure Congress with two houses because of arguments between large and small states over representation. Larger states argued that since their population was larger, they should have more representation in Congress while the smaller states argued that representation should be equal for all states. This disagreement led to the Great Compromise in which a bicameral legislature was established. The Senate has two representatives from each state regardless of size, while the House of Representatives has representation relative to the states’ individual populations. Since Congress is the main lawmaking body in the United States,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course POLI 101 taught by Professor Seabold during the Spring '07 term at Howard County Community College.

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Journal 6 - Stoker 1 Greg Stoker Dr. Seabold POLI-101...

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