Senate

Stormi Brinkley

The Senate : Qualifications and Terms of Office

Qualifications

-Must be at least 30 years old

- Citizen of the United States for atleast 9 years before election and legal residents of the state they represent.

- All voters of each state elect senators at large or statewide.

Terms of Office

- Held in Novemeber of even numbered years

- Senators begin their terms on January 3rd after the election held the previous November

The Senate : Salary, Benefits , and Priviledges of members

The Senate

Salary and Benefits

- Senate and the House set their own salaries.

- The 27th amendment prohibits a sitting congress from giving itself a pay raise.

- $174,000

- Salary increase will tak eplace na an intervening election

- Benefits include stationery, postatge for official buisness, a medical clinic, and a gymnassium.

- Members recieve large allowances

- All members are entitled to an income tax deduction

- When they retire they are eligible for pensions of $150,000 or more a year for life.

Priviledges of Members

- Free from arrest in all cases except for treason, felony, and breach of peace

- Members of congress can not be sued for anything they say on the House or Senate floor

- Can judge memebers qualifications and decide weather to seat them

- Each house may refuse to seat an elected

- Can punish its own members for disorderly behavior by a majority vote