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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Each state is divided into districts and each district elects their representatives. States, no matter how large or small get two representatives To be a senator, you have to be 30 yrs old,must be a citizen of US for at least 9 yrs. and must be a resident of the state they represent. Senators serve 6 yr terms, and only 1/3 of the membershipis elected at any one time. Senate- 100 Members Firsrt duty is to make laws.The constitution also give Congress the power to collect taxes, maintain armed forces, regulate trade, and punish certain crimes. The speaker's responsibilities are to lead sessions, decide who may speak, calls for votes, and sees that rules are followed. House of Representatives- 435 Members Legislative Branch How a Bill Becomes a Law- After the Bill is introduced, it goes to the committee, if approved it goes to the subcommittee. If approved it goes back to the committee, if approved there it goes to the Senate,or House. If approved by both the Bill is sent to the President, and he either vetoes or signs it. If he vetoes it, the Congress will have to have a two-thirds majority vote. The leader is the Vice President, and his duties are to callon members to speak and to introduce questions for a vote. The Speaker is one of the representatives elected by the majority party members to serve for two years. To be a representative you have to be 25, and you have to be a citizen in the US for at least seven years. Also they have to be a resident instate they represent. Each term is two years, and all members are elected in November Congressional Committees- Standing committees, subcommittees, joint committees, select committees, and conference committees. Powers of Congress- They raise and collect taxes for the salaries of government employees. Also to protect business and consumers by passing laws and watching trade and business activities. Congressalso defends the nation against enemies and can declare war. They also decide on citizenship requirements for people from other nations to become citizens. Limits of Congress- They cannot make laws about things likeelections, education, or marriage. They cannot pass a bill that is unconstitutional, or don't follow the Bill of Rights. Concept of Elastic Clause- Congress can make all laws necessaryto fill its duties. This means they can be flexible. Cynthia Lummis is the Wyoming Representative, and she is a republican. She was born September 10, 1954 and was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. She is also youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. Mike Enzi is a senator for Wyoming and he is also a republican. He was born on Febuary 1, 1944. He was from Gillette, Wyoming, and he was Mayor of Gillette for eight years. John Barrasso is also a senator for Wyoming and he is also a republican. He was born July 21, 1952. He is part Irish, and was a rodeo physician for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association. He has also been awarded the "Wyoming Physician of the Year." Issues facing congress today- 1. Gun control 2. Government shutdown 3. Hitting our Debt limit 4.Immagration Reform
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