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The two houses of Congress.

Read this table to discover basic facts about each house (chamber) of the U.S. Congress. Then answer the questions.

435 How many members? 100

Based on state How many seats does Each state has two
population. The largest each state have? Senators.
state has 53 House
seats; the smallest has

Two years How long is each Six years
 member's term?

Yes. No limit to the Can a member be Yes. No limit to the
number of terms. re-elected? number of terms.

Yes. Representatives are Are all members No. One third of the
elected in even-numbered elected at the same Senate is elected in
years (2004, 2006, time? each even-numbered year.

Speaker of the House Who is the Vice President of the
 presiding officer? U.S.

* Originates all revenue What are the * Confirms U.S. treaties
 bills (legislation to special powers of by a two-thirds vote.
 collect taxes). each house? * Confirms President's
* Votes whether to appointments by a
 impeach federal majority vote.
 officials (charge them * Votes whether to
 with serious remove impeached
 misconduct). officials from office.
* Decides who will be * Decides who will be
 President if no Vice President if no
 candidate receives a candidate receives a
 majority of the majority of the
 electoral vote. electoral vote.

Read this table to discover basic facts about each house (chamber) of the U.S. Congress. Then answer the questions. Questions

1. In which house are the states equally represented? --

2. In which house do the most populous states have more representatives? --

3. All revenue bills must originate in which chamber of Congress? --

4. Which house has the power to approve presidential appointments? --

5. How do the two houses of Congress balance the interests of large and small states? --


1. Senate

2. House of Representatives

3. House of Representatives

4. Senate

5. House scats are based on population. But each state, regardless of size, has two Senate seats.
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