constitution

The House & The Senate

  • Must meet once a year (at least)
  • Need a majority of members to operate (majority = “a quorum”)
  • Can expel a member with a 2/3 vote
  • Keeps journals & tracks votes

Representatives & Senators cannot:

  • Be arrested in, going to, or leaving a session (except for Treason, Felony, or breach of peace)
  • Be questioned going to or coming from a speech/debate
  • Also, work in the private sector (or benefit from it) while in office
  • Hold multiple offices simultaneously while in government
  • Accept gifts, offices, or titles from foreign states/leaders

Congress (The House + The Senate) has the power to:

  • Impose taxes to help pay for national defense
  • Conduct business with other countries, among states & with Native American tribes
  • Coin money & regulate the value of foreign currency
  • Impose standard weights/measures (e.g. feet & inches)
  • Punish counterfeiting
  • Promote science & the arts (e.g. inventions & writings)
  • Declare war
  • Authorize military budgets for 2-year periods
  • Punish piracies & felonies on water
  • Provide & maintain the U.S. Navy
  • Make rules for government & regulation of land & naval forces
  • Suppress insurrections & repel invasions
  • Oversee legislation regarding the military & militias
  • Publish where & how public money (e.g. taxes) is spent
  • Must meet once a year (at least)
  • Need a majority of members to operate (majority = “a quorum”)
  • Can expel a member with a 2/3 vote
  • Keeps journals & tracks votes

Representatives & Senators cannot:

  • Be arrested in, going to, or leaving a session (except for Treason, Felony, or breach of peace)
  • Be questioned going to or coming from a speech/debate
  • Also, work in the private sector (or benefit from it) while in office
  • Hold multiple offices simultaneously while in government
  • Accept gifts, offices, or titles from foreign states/leaders

Congress (The House + The Senate) has the power to:

  • Impose taxes to help pay for national defense
  • Conduct business with other countries, among states & with Native American tribes
  • Coin money & regulate the value of foreign currency
  • Impose standard weights/measures (e.g. feet & inches)
  • Punish counterfeiting
  • Promote science & the arts (e.g. inventions & writings)
  • Declare war
  • Authorize military budgets for 2-year periods
  • Punish piracies & felonies on water
  • Provide & maintain the U.S. Navy
  • Make rules for government & regulation of land & naval forces
  • Suppress insurrections & repel invasions
  • Oversee legislation regarding the military & militias
  • Publish where & how public money (e.g. taxes) is spent

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