Chapter 12 Review

The senate originally chosen by the state

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Unformatted text preview: framers of the Constitution provided for a bicameral legislature with House and Senate to serve different constituencies. The Senate, originally chosen by the state legislatures and serving six ­year terms, was to represent the elite members of society. The House, always elected by the voters in congressional districts and serving two ­ year terms, was to represent the people or well ­organized local interests. Institutional rules and procedures make the Senate the more deliberative of the two chambers. There are two circumstances under which a person reasonably might be trusted to speak for another—sociological representation and agency representation. Women and minorities are significantly under ­represented in Congress, while wealthy white men are over ­represented. Since the Congress does not...
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