The Constitution And The Legislative Branch

1390 WordsSep 25, 20156 Pages
The Constitution set up our government with three separate branches, judicial, executive, and legislative. These are not independent branches, the constitution has also set up a system of checks and balances for each of the three branches of government to check and balance the other two. This is a very important concept; it ensures us that no one branch of government becomes too strong. Every branch of government has to check and balance the other two. Every society needs some sort of law to follow; here in the United States the power to make laws is dedicated to the legislative branch, put into effect and enforced by the executive branch and is interpreted and judged by the judicial branch. In the United States the power to make laws is…show more content…
Congress also conducts hearings to keep oversight. The speaker of the house of representatives is elected by the house as a whole. They act as a leader of the house, combines roles of the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the house, role of the leader of the majority party in the house, and the representative role of an elected member of the house. There are more than two hundred committees and subcommittees that divide congress 's legislative oversight and internal administrative tasks. The three main types of committees are standing, select, and joint. Standing committees have legislative jurisdiction, consider bills and issues and recommend measures to handle said issue. They also have oversight responsibilities to monitor programs within their jurisdictions. Select committees generally are established by a separate resolution of the chamber. Most often, select committees analyze rising issues which do not fit within an existing standing committees jurisdiction, or that cross a boundary line between two standing committees. Select committees could be permanent or temporary, also a select committee may have certain restrictions on member tenure. Instead of select, they could be called special committees. Joint committees are made up of members of both the house of representatives as well as the senate. Today 's joint committees are permanent and conduct studies or execute
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