The United States Constitution

Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government

Qualification For becoming a Congressman

Senate


  • 25 years old
  • citizen of the U.S. for 7 years
  • live in the state you want to represent

House of Representatives



  • 30 years old
  • citizen of the U.S. for 9 years
  • live in the state you want to represent

Meeting Times for Congress

The First Tuesday after the first monday of every month is when meetings are held

Powers Granted to congress

  • Borrow money
  • to regulate commerce
  • to coin money
  • to establish Federal courts below the Supreme Court
  • to establish an Army and a Navy
  • to tax and spend
  • to declare war

These are some of the powers that congress has

Rules of Congress

APPOINTMENT OF A SENATOR TO THE CHAIR

PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS AND QUESTIONS OF PRIVILEGE OATHS

COMMENCEMENT OF DAILY SESSIONS

SUSPENSION AND AMENDMENT OF THE RULES

QUORUM - ABSENT SENATORS MAY BE SENT FOR

MORNING BUSINESS

ORDER OF BUSINESS

MESSAGES

SPECIAL ORDERS

PAPERS - WITHDRAWAL, PRINTING, READING OF, AND REFERENCE

VOTING PROCEDURE

RECONSIDERATION

JOINT RESOLUTIONS, RESOLUTIONS, AND PREAMBLES THERETO

AMENDMENTS AND MOTIONS

APPROPRIATIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS

REFERENCE TO COMMITTEES; MOTIONS TO DISCHARGE; REPORTS OF COMMITTEES; AND HEARINGS AVAILABLE

BUSINESS CONTINUED FROM SESSION TO SESSION

QUESTIONS OF ORDER

SESSION WITH CLOSED DOORS

PRECEDENCE OF MOTIONS

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

COMMITTEE PROCEDURE

COMMITTEE STAFF

CONFERENCE COMMITTEES; REPORTS; OPEN MEETINGS

EXECUTIVE SESSION - PROCEEDINGS ON TREATIES

EXECUTIVE SESSION - PROCEEDINGS ON NOMINATIONS

THE PRESIDENT FURNISHED WITH COPIES OF RECORDS OF EXECUTIVE SESSIONS

SENATE CHAMBER - SENATE WING OF THE CAPITOL

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

GIFTS

OUTSIDE EARNED INCOME

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

PROHIBITION OF UNOFFICIAL OFFICE ACCOUNTS

FOREIGN TRAVEL

FRANKING PRIVILEGE AND RADIO AND TELEVISION STUDIOS

POLITICAL FUND ACTIVITY; DEFINITIONS

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

REPRESENTATION BY MEMBERS

CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED SPENDING AND RELATED ITEMS

How a Bill Becomes a Law

  1. the bill has to get thought of by a commette
  2. the bill idea gets sent to the governor of the state
  3. the bill gets sent to congress
  4. congress votes for the bill
  5. if it gets a yes it goes on to the president
  6. if the president says no it goes back to congress
  7. if congress says yes again it goes to the supreme court
  8. then the supreme court can say it becomes a law or it is unconstitutional