The House Of Representatives And The United States Constitution

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The House of Representatives play a very essential role in our American government. The House is just one of Congresses two chambers, the other which is the United States Senate. The House of Representatives is said to hold a more formal, stronger leadership. Both chambers fall under the Legislative Branch. The power in which the House of Representatives holds is underlined under Article One of the United States Constitution. The House is not the only chamber that makes decisions in congress. It needs the approval of the Senate and the United States President in order for Federal Legislations to become effective. By separating Congress within two branches, American Citizens are guaranteed equal representation. The House also has exclusive powers such as the power to initiate revenue bills, to impeach officials from government, and to elect the US President if in case there is no majority within the Electoral College.

There are qualifications outlined in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. constitution that need to be met in order to become a Representative. These requirements fall under origin, citizenship and age. The representative must be a citizen for at least 7 years, and a resident of the state they wish to represent. The Representatives must also be at least 25 years old. All in all, the House of Representatives has 435 voting members, 5 delegates, and one representative as Resident Commissioner. The members and delegates within the House of Representatives serve…

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