Senate

Of The United States of America

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Specifics

-100 members in the Senate, 2 from each state

-Must be 30 years old

-Must be a citizen of the U.S. for at least 9 years

-Serve a 6 year term

-Set their own salaries

-Free from arrest when attending congress

-Can't be sued for anything they say on House floor

Positions

-Vice President is President of Senate

-Most important officers in the Senate are majority and minority leaders

-Majority leader's main job is to steer the party's bills through the Senate

-Minority leader develops criticisms of the majority party's bills and tries to keep senators in the minority party working together

-Whips assist the majority and minority leaders of the Senate by making sure the legislators are present for key votes

Benefits

-Set their own salaries

-Reelection is every 2 years

-Serve a 6 year term

-Receive large allowances to pay for their office staff and assistants

-All are entitled to an income tax deduction to help maintain two residences

-When they retire senators and representatives may be eligible for pensions of $150,000 or more a year for life