Compare And Contrast Senate And House Of Representatives

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The Senate and House of Representatives comprise the two chambers of the United States Congress. While both houses are representative bodies and jointly oversee the executive branch, both must approve all bills before the president, but both chambers have different roles according to the Constitution. The House of Representatives has 435 members apportioned to the house from across the United States. States with larger populations receive more seats within the house. Currently, California leads the house with 53 representatives. The states with small populations are guaranteed at least one representative. The House of Representatives under the umbrella of the Constitution has the power to do certain things that the Senate cannot. The House is responsible for initiating spending bills; also, the house has the sole authority to impeach officials for misconduct or illegal dealings. The House also has the exclusive authority to select the president in the event of an Electoral College stalemate. The United States Senate, established under Article I of the U.S. Constitution, must have two Senators appointed from every state regardless of the population of the state. Much like the House of Representatives,…show more content…
The founders wanted the Senate to view the impact of their decisions at a national level. They wanted the senate to take a methodical approach to voting. Members of the senate remain in office on six-year terms, much longer then their House of Representative counter parts. The idea behind a six-year term is to provide a form of barrier from the people; this allowed the senate to make long-term decisions rather then, what is developing now. Members of the Senate are also required to be a minimum 30 years of age, as opposed to the 25 years of age for House members. This difference in age requirements was to promote a different level of maturity between the House and the
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