What are the two parts of Congress?
Credit: Win McNamee Getty Images News Getty Images
Q:

What are the two parts of Congress?

A:

Quick Answer

The House of Representatives and the Senate are the two parts of the United States Congress. The Capitol in Washington, D.C. houses both of these bodies. Members of both are selected through the process of direct election. While most members of both houses come from the Republican or Democratic Party, a handful of members serve as independents or members of third parties.

  Know More

Full Answer

Article I from the U.S. Constitution centers the legislative powers of the government in the Congress. No law can be enacted without both chambers consenting, although each house has several unique powers. For example, the Senate confirms presidential appointments and ratifies treaty agreements, while the House is the source of any bills to raise revenue. In the event of impeachment, the House has to initiate the case, and the Senate tries it. Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict an impeached person, removing him or her from office.

The number of seats that each state has in the House varies with the relative population of the states. Over the last couple of decades, much of the voting power has headed west and south. While the House gives people local representatives in the federal government, the Senate gives people of each state at-large representatives in the federal government.

Learn more about Branches of Government

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the seniority rule in Congress?

    A:

    The seniority rule refers to a custom in the United States Congress that grants committee chairmanship to a majority party member who has served on the committee for the longest amount of time. Service time on the committee must be unbroken for the seniority rule to be applied.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who elects the United States Congress?

    A:

    American citizens that are registered voters directly elect the United States Congress. Congressional elections, referred to as mid-term elections, are held once every 2 years through a U.S. President's term of office.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long is a term of Congress?

    A:

    While senators are elected to serve terms of 6 years, members of the House of Representatives are elected to serve terms of only 2 years. There are no limits to how many terms to which members of Congress may be elected.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What two parts make up the United States Congress?

    A:

    The United States Congress is made up of two distinct houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate is made up of 100 senators, two from every state, who are elected to the Senate every 6 years on a rotating basis, meaning that 1/3 of the Senate is up for election every 2 years. The House of Representatives features 435 members who are elected every 2 years.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore