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Running head: CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENTCongress and the PresidentMakaila NguyenPOL/115October 22, 2018Sandra Marshall1
CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT2Congress and the PresidentBefore the U.S. Constitution went into effect, the thirteen colonies operated under the Articles of Confederation. A document by which the states were given the authority to operate ontheir own, but the framers soon realized that it needed to be scrapped. That led to the creation of the Constitution, a set of rules written as a foundation for a government based on democracy. Theframers separated the powers into three branches and provided each with the ability to keep the other branches in check. Some of the powers that the U.S. government currently have are not written within the document itself, yet they are allowed to be performed when it’s deemed necessary under the system. Thus, the executive branch and the legislative branch have evolved from their original roles as specified in the Constitution to accommodate the different periods.CongressDuring the Constitutional Convention, the Connecticut Compromise was proposed as a fusion of the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017). In the final draft of the Constitution, the framers divided Congress into two chambers; the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, each state elects two senators, totaling up to a hundred members within in the Senate. Senators were originally chosen by state legislatures, but after the passage of the seventeenth amendment, it was decided that all senators would be chosen by direct popular election (Origins and Development, 2018). Whereas in the House of Representatives, each state has a number of representatives that can be elected directly by the