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Congress and The President Briana Marquez, POL/115 University of Phoenix Online May 12, 2019
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Structure and makeup of Congress Currently, the United States Congress is made up of majority senate party and majority house of representatives. The Senate does not have a rules committee like the House. When a bill is brought to Congress and it is passed through committees and hearings, it is reviewed by the rules committee before it goes to the House. The founders thought the House needed more structure than the Senate because it was under the impression the Senate was older and more refined. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 members who are up for re-election every two years. The number of representatives per state depend on the state’s population. The Senate is the considered the upper Congress and allows for each state to have two representatives regardless of its size and Senators can serve up to a six-year term. Differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate The Constitution lists several of Congress’ powers with foreign affairs such as “regulate commerce with foreign nations”, “declare war”, and “provide and maintain navy”. The Constitution also assigns the Congress power to approve two of the president’s foreign affairs, making treaties and appointing diplomats. Congress also has general powers to” lay and collect taxes”, “to draw money from treasury”, and to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper”. The president is named as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and is responsible for nominating the heads of governmental departments, federal judges, and Supreme Court justices. The executive branch can also issue pardons on federal crimes, veto legislation approved by Congress, and delivers the State of the Union address each year.
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