What You Need to Know About the US Senate
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What You Need to Know About the US Senate

The Senate of the United States holds an essential position in the legislative branch. The legislative branch of the United States governmental body is considered as the most influential body in the entire Federal government and the House of Representatives. The Senate can be described as a branch in the legislative assemblies of the government, which also comprises of 100 other members. These members are known as the Senators.

There exist 55 states in the United States, and each state comprises of two senators, who are elected statewide. Both these senators are selected for a brief period of six years, and they are also eligible for re-election, in the following governmental elections. The Senate is often led by the Vice President of the county, who is also regarded as the President of the Senate. In case there is a tie between two or more senators, then the Vice President (President of the senate’s), casts their vote for the right member.

About the senates

Like mentioned above, the senate’s are a group of 100 members, who are specially called the senators. Even the most minimal population of the state comprises of two senators, which means the number of senators is chosen regardless of the population of the state, which is in contrast to the members of the house. The members of the house are generally selected based on the geographical community of the state and their member constraints.

About the senates

During their six-year tenure, one-third of the senator’s seats are up for election, every two years. This was until the 17th amendment act of 1919 that the state legislatures generally elected the senator’s of the house. But after passing this bill, the senators were selected by the members of the state. Their political meetings and other whereabouts are officially conducted in the Northern wing of the Washington DC Capital building.

Powers possessed by the senate body.

The Senate’s power if followed as per mentioned in the constitution and no other person can dictate powers to the senators. The houses of the congress and the constitution generally ensures the role of these upper bodies and makes sure the duties are carried out as mentioned in the verses of the constitution, in Article 1 and section 3. Some of their powers include:

  • Impeachment of the President
  • Impeachment of the Vice President
  • Impeachment of other higher-order members of the house- including the high court judges.
  • If the senate’s gain a two-thirds majority in the house, then they can impeach anyone from the body, during their term of office.
  • The order in a house will pass under the Presidents’ negotiations and strategies, if and only if the senate’s gain a two-third majority in the house.
  • A two-third majority of vote by the senate’s is mandatory in the house if the decision has to be in effect.
  • Matters of state, national interest, Like the Vietnam war, water breakage etc. are also involved as the essential duties of the senate body.

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