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Running head: CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT 1Congress and the PresidentPOL/115
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CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT 2Congress and the PresidentThis paper will cover the United States Congress and President in the early days and how it has evolved over the decades. The government was divided into three branches and assigning different powers and responsibilities. The concept of checks and balances was made to ensure noone branch becomes too dominant and so the branches would have to work together to create an effective government for the people. Since the Constitution was first introduced, times have changed, and the U.S. government has also had to evolve with the times to keep up. Structure and makeup of CongressThe framers of the last draft of the constitution divided Congress into two chambers; the Senate and the House of Representatives. Under the Constitution, the powers of Congress include the power to levy and collect taxes, declare war, raise an army and navy, coin money, borrow money, and establish federal courts and bankruptcy rules (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 121). Regardless of size, each state would have two senators, creating equal representation (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 19). “Representation in the House would be based on population”(Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 19). The House of Representatives consists of 435 members who serve two-year terms (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 19). While the Senate consists of 100 members, who serve six-year terms (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 19). The House has numerous powers appointed to it, including the power to initiate revenue bills and impeach officials (Krutz & Waskiewicz, 2017, p. 19). The powers of the Senate include ratifying treaties
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