SenateIn the Senate, members were elected by the state until the 17thAmendment, that made the election of Senators by the people. The Vice President resides over the Senate unlike the Speaker of the House being voted in by the House members. The Vice President is not a memberof the Senate but can only vote when there is a tie, he cannot vote to create a tie. The Senate has a majority leader and a minority leader like the House and is driven by which party holds the most seats as the majority and the least seats being the minority. The House will send bills to the Senate for approval and the Senate will debate and make changes to the bill or even attach amendments to the bill that has nothing to do with original intent of the bill. Some bills go to theSenate and can die by not passing the vote. A bill can also be held up by filibuster to stop business in the Senate until the majority party gives in or the Senate can get 60 votes to stop the filibuster. The Senate also has committees like the House to work on core topics.Differences between House and the SenateThe differences between the House and the Senate starts with the House is established to represent the people and members are to work for their constituents in Congress. They are a larger body and can spend more time introducing bills and listening to the need of the public. Where the Senate works without the interference of public opinion in their debates, they decide what is best for the country even when public opinion disagrees. The Senate can have unlimited debates due to their smaller size unlike the House. The Senate confirms all Presidential appointments where the House has no say in the appointments. The Senate also helps the President in foreign policy, where the House does not handle this business.
4The PresidentThe President is the Executive branch of our government and has several duties as the President. Chief of State is where the President is the representative leader of the country. ChiefExecutive is where the President executes laws, grants pardons and reprieves, and appoints key federal officials.
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- Fall '15
- Government, Separation of Powers, President of the United States, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives