The Legislative Branch

Do you got what it takes?

The Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch is a part of the government. They are in charge of creating laws for the United States to follow. There is two parts of the Legislative Branch, The House of Representatives, and The Senates. Each has their own responsibility's to perform for the Branch to operate. I hope this gives you a little understanding of the Legislative Branch.

Want to be a Representative?


  • You must be at least 25 years of age
  • You have to be a US citizen for more than seven Years
  • There are 435 Representatives from each state, and that could be you! (Amount of Reps. from each state depends on population)
  • A new Rep. from each State is elected every two years
  • Only the house can introduce spending bills (A spending bill is a package of smaller regular appropriation bills into one larger bill)

Do you think you have what it takes do be a Rep?

Want to be a Senate?

  • You must be at least 30 years of age
  • You have to be a US citizen for more than nine years
  • There are 100 Senates, two from each state, want to be one?
  • New Senates are elected every six years
  • Only the Senate can approve or reject treaties and presidential nominations for the government offices


Think you can be a Senate?

People from The Legislative Branch you might know


Vice Pres. Joe Biden, NOT a senate but can vote on tie breaker

President Pro Tempore (Hatch, Orrin)

Majority Leader of senate Republican, more than half people in senate are republican ( Mitch, McConnell )

Lead of minority party (Democrat), Harry Reid is leader of democrat senators

Rep. Paul D. Ryan

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Niki Tsongas

Sen. Warren, Elizabeth

Sen. Markey, Edward J.

How does a bill become a law

If a bill has passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been approved by the President, or if a presidential veto has been overridden, the bill becomes a law and is enforced by the government.


The Steps for a bill to be passed are :


  1. The Bill Begins
  2. The Bill Is Proposed

  3. The Bill Is Introduced
  4. The Bill Goes to Committee -(The committee is Representatives who are experts at topics such as agriculture, education or international relations.)
  5. The Bill Is Reported -(Once a bill has been reported, it is sent to the house floor and is ready to be debated.)


  6. The Bill Is Debated -(When a bill is debated, Representatives discuss the bill and explain why they agree or disagree with it.)
  7. The Bill Is Voted On -(There is three types of voting: Viva Voice, Division, an recorded.)
  8. The Bill Is Sent to the Senate -(The bill goes through many of the same steps it went through with the representatives.)


  9. The Bill Is Sent to the President -(The president either signs and agrees with the bill, disagrees or veto's the bill, or does nothing and the bill automatically becomes a law after 10 days.)


  10. The Bill Is a Law

Delegated and Implied Powers

Delegated powers are the powers of Congress established in section eight of Article I of the US constitution. Implied powers are powers granted to congress not named in the Constitution but is assumed to exist due to it being necessary to implement the expressed powers that is in Article I. Some implied powers are, set standards for television, to regulate transportation, and determine citizenship rules.


The 17 Delegated Powers Are:



  1. Taxes
  2. Borrowing
  3. Commerce
  4. Naturalization Bankruptcy
  5. Coins; Weights; Measures
  6. Counterfeiting
  7. Post Offices
  8. Copyrights; Patents
  9. Federal Courts
  10. Piracy
  11. Declarations of War
  12. Army
  13. Navy
  14. Rules for the Military
  15. Militia
  16. Rules for the Militia
  17. National Capitol

Work Cited

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