The Primary Responsibility Of The Legislative Branch

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The Senate and the House of Representative form the Legislative Branch of government, also known as Congress. The primary responsibility of the legislative branch is to write and pass laws. Laws are first written as a bill and then discussed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill can have items added, removed or modified each time it is presented by either the Senate or the House of Representative. Once the bill is voted and approved by Congress, it is passed to the executive branch for approval. If it is approved, it becomes law. The need to create and enforce law for equality started the road to developing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 1964 the Legislative branch, also known as Congress, passed the first law preventing discrimination by employers on the basis of race. In a last minute effort, the word “sex” was added by Representative Howard W. Smith (D-VA).1 Members of Congress were upset that Rep. Smith changed the bill by adding the work “sex” and believed Rep. Smith was acting in his own personal interest and that this single act would prevent the bill from being passed. Rep. Smith argued that due to his working relationship with a representative of the National Women’s Party made it necessary to add the word “sex”. The original bill became an arguable source and eventually made it unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The need to regulate
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