The Legislative Branch

The Senate and House of Representatives

The Senate's Requirements

To be in the Senate you must:
  • Be 30 years of age
  • A US citizen for 9 years
  • You need to live in the state that you represent
  • Vice President is President
  • 100 members and 2 Senators from each state
  • Senator's serve for 6 years

House of Representatives Requirements

In order to be elected to be in the House of Representatives you must:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Be a United States citizen for a minimum of 7 years
  • New people of the House are elected every 2 years in order to keep new voices flowing
  • 435 members are elected, and they are divided among the 50 states
  • 6 non voting members who represent: The District of Columbia, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and four other territories
  • Each State gets at least one representative.

(does not necessarily have to be a resident of the district.)

The Powers and Responsibilities of The Senate

The Senate's powers and responsibilities are:

  • Ratify treaties by a ⅔ vote
  • Confirm presidential decisions
  • Vice President votes on tie
  • Confirm presidential meetings
  • Impeach federal officials
  • President veto's bill
  • Agree or disagree vote
  • Bill is overwritten
  • House does this
  • Broken rules leads to 2/3 vote
  • Filibuster
  • End debates that go no where with 2/3 vote
  • Investigate Government
  • Restrain powers and Educate the public
  • Judge elections,
  • Returns, and qualifications for members.

The Powers and Responsibilities of The House of Representatives

  • The House of Representatives has many important duties.
  • Approve amendments
  • Create income bills
  • Fire federal officials
  • If election ties, president picked by House
  • President veto's bill
  • Agree or disagree vote
  • Bill is overwritten
  • Senate does this
  • Elected by the people themselves
  • Do all work
  • Lead meetings
  • Lead Political Parties
  • One speaker voted to lead
  • Power of arguments
  • assign rules and jobs
  • 2nd in line to President

Recent Actions of The House of Representatives

  • May 19th,
  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations
  • 295-112
  • $82 billion dollars
  • $2 billion over Fiscal Year 2016
  • Support to veterans and their families
  • Military equipment
  • Training for soldiers
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • $73.5 billion
  • Military
  • $8 billion
  • Fulfills promises to Vets
  • Tax payers money to good use

  • May 18th
  • Zika Response Appropriations Act
  • 241-184
  • $622 million to agencies
  • Infants and women are important for future
  • Effectively and efficiently
  • Funds from Fiscal year 2016
  • The Department of Health and Human Resources
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, prioritizing mosquito control and vaccine development
  • Ebola outbreak

Recent Actions of The Senate

  • Comprehensive and Addiction recovery act
  • Chuck Grassley
  • 94-1
  • Fights overdose reversal drugs
  • increased prevention education
  • Addiction recovery

  • May 15th
  • FOIA. (Freedom of Information Act)
  • Chuck Grassley
  • Up to date on the government
  • Request for government records
  • Officials must be open minded