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House senate

  1. 1. THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS House of Representatives and Senate
  2. 2. House - QualificationsO At least 25 years oldO Resident of the United States for at least 7 yearsO Must be legal residents of the state that elects him/her
  3. 3. House – Benefits/Privileges O Free from arrest except treason, felony O Cannot be sued for speech on the floor O Free stationery/postage for official business O Large allowances to pay for staff, trips home O Tax deduction to maintain two residences O Pensions of $150,000 in retirement
  4. 4. House - OccupationsO LawyersO Business, BankingO Education
  5. 5. House - RulesO Limits on time Representatives can speak during a debateO Majority party: O Selects the leaders  O Controls the flow of legislative work O Appoints committee chairs
  6. 6. House – Debates on BillsO Rules Committee: O Directs the flow of legislation O Can limit debate time on a bill O Can specify how much a bill can be amendedO Speaker of the House has the power to appoint committee chairpersons
  7. 7. Senate - QualificationsO At least 30 years oldO Resident of the United States for at least 9 yearsO Must be legal residents of the state s/he represent
  8. 8. Senate – Benefits/Privileges O Free from arrest except treason, felony O Cannot be sued for speech on the floor O Free stationery/postage for official business O Large allowances to pay for staff, trips home O Tax deduction to maintain two residences O Pensions of $150,000 in retirement
  9. 9. Senate - OccupationsO LawyersO Business, BankingO Education
  10. 10. Senate - RulesO Rules are more relaxedO Unlimited time for debateO Can take months to resolve an issueO Fewer rules, more informal atmosphereO Majority party writes the rules
  11. 11. Senate – Debates on BillsO Majority leader steers the party’s bills through the SenateO Minority leader develops criticism of the majority party’s billsO Bills are brought to the floor by unanimous consentO Use filibuster to oppose/defeat a billO Cloture can stop a filibuster

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