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If Pro is the opposite of Progress the opposite of Congress? 🤷🏼‍♀️

To recap...There are 3 levels of elected officials: FEDERAL, state, and local.

There are 3 branches of the FEDERAL level: judicial, LEGISLATIVE, and executive.

The LEGISLATIVE Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Together they form the United States Congress and by the Constitution are granted the sole authority to enact legislation, declare war, regulate commerce, and control taxing and spending policies.

The House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members, divided among the 50 states in proportion to their total population. The presiding officer of the chamber is the Speaker of the House and is elected by the Representatives. The Speaker is third in the line of succession to the Presidency. 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 (but not necessarily the district) they represent. The House has several powers assigned exclusively to it, including the power to initiate revenue bills, impeach federal officials, and elect the President in the case of an Electoral College tie.

The Senate is composed of 100 Senators, 2 for each state. Senators’ terms are staggered so that one-third of the Senate is up for reelection every two years. Senators must be 30 years of age, U.S. citizens for at least nine years, and residents of the state they represent. The Vice President of the United States serves as President of the Senate and may cast the decisive vote in the event of a tie in the Senate.

In order to pass legislation and send it to the President for signature, both the House and the Senate must pass the same bill by majority vote. If the President vetoes a bill, they may override his veto by passing the bill again in each chamber with at least two-thirds of each body voting in favor.

Informed Idiot lesson #4

to delve further into the Legislative process...