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What is the difference between House and Senate?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: Jul 17, 2019

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T. Wikati

T. WikatiTechnical Writer, New York
Technical Writer, New York

Answered on Jul 17, 2019

In a country that embraces democracy, one of the arms of government that must be respected is the legislative arm of government. The legislative arm of government is made up of the Senate and house of representatives. The Senate is also known as the upper chamber, while the house of representatives is known as the lower chamber.

These two houses are constitutionally empowered to make laws together with some other constitutional duties like screening of all presidential appointees. For example, the US house of representatives and the Senate are the legislative arm of government in the United States.

The US House of representatives has the total number of 435 representatives or members, and they are dissolved every two years, while the Senate has the total number of 100 members, and each member is entitled to be in the house for six years for a single term. Another difference is that; the house of representatives cannot single-handedly make laws on their own. Any bill sponsored in the lower chamber must also go to the Senate before it can be passed.

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