THE U S CONGRESS

THE U S CONGRESS - THE U.S. CONGRESS The legislature of the...

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THE U.S. CONGRESS The legislature of the United States Defined in Article I of the Constitution All legislative power is vested in the U.S. Congress
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Elections Elected directly by constituents House = every 2 years Seats apportioned according to population Senate = every 6 years States are equal, all get 2
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Requirements House: must be 25 years old, a citizen for seven years, inhabitant of state represented. Senate: must be 30 years old, a nine-year citizen, inhabitant of state represented.
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What do I get if I become a legislator? Immunity for “Legislative acts” Freedom of speech on floor of legislature is staunchly guarded, must provide for open debate Free postage to constituents (one piece of mail every three months) Access to library of Congress (limitless learning!)
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Demographics: Current salary = $174,000 50 members have a net worth of $5million+ 115 days off/year; whole month of August John Kerry ($230 million – not including wife’s estate) is the wealthiest
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