Senate | Effortless Politics

The

SENATE

100

R: 53 Seats (53%)

D: 47 Seats (47%)

Description

  • Upper House of the Congress.
  • Has 100 elected members; 2 from each state.
  • Part of the Legislative Branch: makes laws.
  • Senators serve 6-year terms (no term limit).
  • 1/3 of the Senate is elected every 2 years.

Powers

  • Make laws.
  • Investigate.
  • Declare war.​
  • Appropriate funds/raise taxes

Unique Powers

  • Confirm Federal Judges, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet members and Ambasitors.
  • Remove Federal officials from office succeding impeachment.
  • The filibuster.
  • Ratification of Treaties.

Positions

  • President of the Senate (V.P. of the U.S.) - Mike Pence (Republican).
  • President pro-tempore - Charles Grassley (Republican).
  • Majority leader - Mitch McConnell (Republican).
  • Majority whip - John Thune (Republican).
  • Minority leader - Chuck Schumer (Democrat).
  • Minority whip - Dick Durban (Democrat).

Qualifications

  • Members must reside in the State they represent.
  • They must be at least 30 years old.
  • Must have been a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years.

About Us

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