Legislative Branch

The best branch of goverment


The legislative branch is the division of the government that proposes bills and passes them into laws. The first time the legislative branch met was in 1789, the House of Representatives had just 65 members. As the nation’s population grew more and more members were added." Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members, divided among the 50 states in proportion to their total population. In addition, there are 6 non-voting members, representing the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and four other territories of the United States."

The Senate and House of Represnatives

"The U.S. Senate was established on July 16, 1787 with the ratification of the United States Constitution. U.S. Senators serve 6 year terms the terms are staggered so that about 1/3 of the Senate seats are up for election every two years." The House is made up of 435 Members from around the nation. "States elect House Representatives based on population." California sends the most Representatives to D.C. - 53. Alaska, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, and Vermont each send 1 Representative.
The Legislative Branch