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The Senate STANDARD SSCG 9
Standard SSCG 9: The student will explain the differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate, with emphasis on terms of office, powers, organization, leadership, and representation of each house.
Basics about the Senate Qualifications Age: 30 US citizen for 9 years Resident of the State from which you are elected Term 6 year terms
More Basics! How many Senators do we have? From each State 2 Total 100
Why is the Senate considered a continuous body? The Senate is divided into three groups Elections are held every two years Only one group is up for reelection at a time. Unlike the House the Senate could never be replaced at the same time.
Debate in the Senate – How is it different? No time limit for speaking – Why? Usually agree, when the bill is brought before the Senate, on a specific time to debate Two-speech rule – Senators may only speak twice a day on the same topic
Filibuster Stalling tactic – “talking a bill to death” Hopes to force the Senate to drop the bill or change it \hchs 2 k 8redirectedkatherine. boudreauxDocumentsMy VideosUnited-States. Rand-Paul-Filibuster. mp 4 Record filibusterers: Strom Thurman – 1957 24 hours, 18 minutes against Civil Rights Bill of 1957 Remember he was in the Senate until he was 99 Years old.
Huey Long – aka The Kingfish - 15 ½ hours 1935 Louisiana wanted Senator to keep a provision to make National Recovery Administration senior officers be approved by the Senate (opposed by FDR) Read the Constitution and analyzed each section, read from the Washington DC phone book, and gave out recipes Wayne 22 Morris hours, 26 minute 1953 Against Tideland Oil Legislation
Cloture Adopted in 1917 – Rule XXII Allows for a limit on debate in the Senate 16 Senators must ask for a cloture It must be supported by at least 3/5 ths of the Senate or 60 members If passed, 30 hours floor time are allowed and then a final vote must be taken Only been done about 130 times Why not supported? Some think it hinders free debate Don’t want it used too much
What else can the Senate do that the House cannot? How can they check the power of the Presidential appointments? What appointments must they approve? What part do they play in making treaties with other countries?