The Two Chambers of Congress and Differences Vis-À-Vis Lawmaking

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The Two Chambers of Congress and Differences Vis-À-Vis Lawmaking
This paper explores the two chambers of Congress and notes the differences between the House and the Senate with regards to how they tackle the legislative process. The paper will look at the scheduling and amending process (starting first with the latter) and shall look at how majorities and minorities are treated and the respective role played by committees in each house. In the end, the House gives committees more power, reduces the capacity of minorities to do much of anything when it comes to amending bills, and operates via a strict
majoritarian
ethos.
We know from the available data that Congresses in the nineteenth century were characterized by the ability of party...
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.....we can say is that the Senate appears to be more informal whilst the house of representatives is more
majoritarian
, rules-driven, and committee-driven.
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