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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Who Form 5495 Representatives

Instructions and Help about Who Form 5495 Representatives

Hey there students, in this lecture I'm going to give you a quick primer on the key characteristics of the Senate and the House so that you will know for your government exam what the key characteristics of each house are and how they can be compared. Shout out to Michael Link in Florida, thank you for all the tutoring sessions and all that kind of stuff. I hope you do great! So let's go ahead and start off with the Senate, alright? So first of all, the Senate is known as the upper house of the legislature, which was originally conceived by the framers to be more aristocratic. Remember, when the Constitution was originally written before the 17th amendment, senators were indirectly appointed by the state legislature instead of directly elected by the people. Now of course, the 17th amendment has changed that, but that house still has a bit of its aristocratic history in its traditions. The upper house has two senators per state. That's because this house was intended to be the federal house where every state, no matter how big or small, has the same representation as a result of the great compromise. So two senators from California, two senators from Wyoming. Six-year terms. The intent of the framers was that the Senate would be an insulated body where they could debate the questions of the day, treaties, and foreign relations, and all of that kind of stuff, in the style of the Roman Senate but without the constant interference of public opinion. So that the Senators can do what's best for the country, even if it may not be immediately popular. A hundred senators, so the Senate is the smaller of the two houses, and it is chaired by the vice president who is not a member....