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House of Representatives The Senate Making Laws The Veto

The Senate

Our country's legislative branch, or Congress, includes another lawmaking body called the Senate. Voters elect two senators from each state, regardless of population size. There is equal representation from each state in the Senate. It doesn't matter if the state is big or small, densely or sparsely populated, or where it is located. Senators are elected every 6 years. The elections are staggered so that both senators from a state are not elected at the same time.

Only the Senate can approve or reject treaties and presidential nominations for government offices.

The Constitution states the qualifications for being a senator. To be a senator a person must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years, and have fulfilled the requirements for residency in the state that person wishes to represent.

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On March 4, 1909, the presidential inauguration took place in the Senate chamber because of a blizzard.

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