The Senate

Qualificationss

-Thirty years of age
-U.S citizen
-Resident for at least 9 years
-Inhabitant of the state to which they are elected

Members

-100 Senators

-2 per state

Term Limit

6 years terms

Bills currently going through the Senate

-Assault Weapons Ban

-Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act



Filibuster

A filibuster is a tactic in the legislative process sometimes used in the U.S Senate by opponents of a bill to block its passage. A Senator, once granted permission to speak by the presiding officer, may continue to speak indefinitely in an effort to delay or prevent a final vote on the bill.



The record for the longest filibuster goes to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.


Sources

"U.S. Senate." U.S. Senate. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2013.


"Bill Summary & Status 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) H.R.624All Information." Bill Summary & Status. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2013.


"Bill Summary & Status 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) H.R.624." Bill Summary & Status. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2013.