was established in the United States as a republic which puts the power in the hands of people and is implemented by the representative, they elect into office. The President and Congress both have the obligation not only to help balance each other but also implement laws. ("House of Representatives vs. Senate," 2020). Congress is composed of two chambers, the Senate and House of Representatives and is the national federal legislative body of the United States of America. There are 100 Senators and
435 House of Representatives with a total of 535 members of Congress. The House of Representative is the lower house and only serve office for a two-year term. The Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature and serves a six-year term. The head of the Senate is the Vice President, and he will only vote if there is a tie. These representatives meet together to determine which bills will become law. Overall, the House represents the population and the Senate represents a “landed/large property” populace. Until 1913, Senators were appointed by State Legislatures but now they are appointed by popular vote. ("House of Representatives vs. Senate," 2020). The Constitution has given Congress both specific and implied powers which have expanded through the amendment process as well as by Congress’s own legislative action. Congress has specific power known as enumerate powers which covers areas such as the right to collect taxes, regulate foreign and domestic commerce, coin money, declare war, support an army and navy and establish lower federal courts. The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from making laws that limit individuals’ liberties. Congress also has the power to amend the
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- Articles of Confederation, Separation of Powers, President of the United States, United States Congress