The United States Legislative Branch Of Government

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The United States legislative branch of government is best described as ‘bicameral’ meaning “of two houses” where two governing bodies separately but functionally unitedly oversee the law-making duties of the country. The two houses of the legislative branch are the Senate and the House of Representatives which both have distinct but crucial duties regarding key decisions affecting anywhere from individual districts to the United States as a collective entity. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate (altogether called ‘Congress’) belong to one of the two main American political parties; republicans or democrats. While a third party does exist they are substantially irrelevant in the current governing system. The third, independent, party does not achieve the popularity to be a representative heuristic of the people of America. By nature a democracy should reflect upon the needs and wants of the citizens of that democracy therefore bureaucrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate are appointed their seats in congress through direct election. The House of Representatives serves as a ‘representation’ of the population of a single district; a district being an area of a state divided evenly among other districts in the state based on population results from the U.S. Census. Districts can be reapportioned every ten years depending on the current population in a certain geographical area in a state. In a simplified form, larger states are given more seats…
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