Got What It Takes?

To work in the legislative branch, you must know this...

Differences Between House and Senate:

The Senate: Has two senators per state no matter the population size.

Only the Senate can can approve or reject treaties and presidential nominations for government offices.

The House: Has representatives depending on the population of the state. Only the House can introduce spending bills.

What Do You Need?

For the Senate: To become a senator you must fulfill some requirements. You must be at least 30 years of age and have been a U.S citizen for at least nine years.

For the House of Representatives: To be elected into the House of Representatives you must be 25 years of age and have been a U.S citizen for seven years.

Do you fit these requirements?


The Senate: The Vice-President currently is Joe Biden. -Democrat

The President Pro Tempore currently is Orrin Hatch. -Republican

The majority leader currently is Mitch McConnell -Republican

The minority leader is Harry Reid -Democrat

The House of Representatives: The Speaker Of The House currently is Paul D. Ryan. -Republican

The majority leader is Kevin McCarthy. -Republican

The minority is the representative is Nancy Pelosi. -Democrat

What position do you think you'd have the strength to fulfill?


The Senate: Senators are elected every six years.

The House of Representatives: Representatives are elected every two years but there is no limit to how many terms they can serve.

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Being in the legislative branch you play a big role in making laws. To be able to make laws you must understand delegated and implied laws.

Delegated Laws: Delegated laws are laws that are written in the constitution saying what the federal government can and cannot do. Here are the delegated laws;

  • Taxes
  • Borrowing
  • Commerce
  • Naturalization; Bankruptcy
  • Coins; Weights; Measures
  • Counterfeiting
  • Post Offices
  • Copyrights; Patents
  • Federal Courts
  • Piracy
  • Declaration of War
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Rules for the Military
  • Militia
  • Rules for the Militia
  • National Capital

Implied Laws: Implied laws are laws that are not written in the constitution yet is decided by the government who is in control of the law. An implied law is setting standard for radio. This is an implied law because it is not written in the Constitution, yet since it is across the country, the government decides what is and isn't allowed. Some implied powers are;

  • Drinking Age
  • Marriage Licences

How A Bill Becomes A Law:

There is a long process that a bill goes through before it becomes a law. This is the process.

It's called the legislative process.

1.First someone writes the bill. Anyone can write a bill, but only a member of congress can present it.

2.Next, the bill goes to an expert on the topic of the bill. There, the bill will be accept, changed, or rejected.

3.If they agree, the bill goes to congress.

4.The House and The Senate will debate on the bill. Then they will vote.

5.If the majority votes to pass the bill, the bill goes to the president for him to sign he can veto it or let it go through.

6.If the president agrees, the bill then becomes a law.

If the president does not agree to pass the bill, it gets vetoed and does not become a law.


Now, do you believe you have what it takes? Will you be able to represent your political party? Can you fulfill these requirements and complete these tasks? If you can, well, then you're perfect for the job!


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