The senate has several unique powers and roles. One, the senate reviews and providesadvice on presidential appointments and nominations elect the Vice President of The UnitedStates if necessary and consider any legislation and bills introduced by the president. Second, thesenate has the power to ratify treaties by a majority vote, creates new legislation and tries anyimpeachment proceedings started in the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the lowerhouse.Tom and George Packer bring in a new picture of the senate, painting the body as anempty chamber. In his view, George Packer notes that the senators read speeches one afteranother just for the sake of the Camera. In fact, the senator reading the speech, the next senatorto be on the podium and probably the presiding officer are the three parties interested in theongoing speech.
THE SENATE EMPTY CHAMBER3The senator of Kansas is reported to have said that he lacked a personal disagreement ona bill but would only disagree because the entire republican body has. This bitter fact points outat how sharply the senate is divided along party lines.George Packer reminds the Americancommunity that both houses used to have luncheon together once in a while since the politiciansonly disagreed on ideologies and not party as it is today.
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