A Brief Note On The Ways Of Congress

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Joshua Daubenspeck Stakeholder Research Paper English 101 May 27, 2015 The Ways of Congress Introduction “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” -Todd Akin, Republican Senate Candidate from Missouri. The quote above was made by Senator Todd Akin (R-Missouri) during an television interview with KVTI and was posted on August 19, 2012 to their website. As constituents, we need to take a major interest in…show more content…
I believe that the college-age generation in America should be more active in public and political life, particularly regarding the policies of the United States Congress that concern important issues such as women’s rights, workplace discrimination, and healthcare. Congress and How It Works Congress holds an equal amount of power in the three branches of government. The three branches of government are executive, legislative, and judicial. For this essay, I am focusing on the legislative branch, meaning that they make laws. The Congress is split into two branches, the Senate and House of Representatives. There are 100 Senators, two for every state. Senators are elected to a six year term, and are up for reelection every two years. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives divided among the states in proportion to their total population. Members of the house are elected every two years, and must be 25 years of age, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and a resident of the state. The first step in the legislative process is introducing a bill, written by various Congressmen to other Congress members. After the bill is introduced, it is referred to the appropriate committee for review. The bill is first considered in a subcommittee, where it may be accepted, amended, or rejected entirely. If the full committee votes to approve the bill, it is reported to the floor of the House or Senate, and majority party leadership decides when to
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