In a short paragraph, explain why the Senate can function effectively with a few more informal atmosphere than the House of Representatives.Consider term of office for members, numbers of...

In a short paragraph, explain why the Senate can function effectively with a few more informal atmosphere than the House of Representatives.

Consider term of office for members, numbers of Senators/Representatives, & any other details you test are important in your answer.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am not sure that this is still true since the Senate has gotten to be more contentious lately, however...

The main reason why this is true can be found in the number of members in the two houses.  The Senate only has 100 members and so its members can (potentially) function more like a group of friends and colleagues.  The House, with its 435 members, cannot work on personal relationships.  This same dynamic is helped by the fact that Senators serve for 6 years.  This tends to give them more time to get to know one another.

The Senate can function effectively even though it is rather informal.  This is because its members know each other better and have more personal relationships.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous thoughts were well warranted.  The length of term in office for each Senator being three times lengthier than the Representative as well as the overall number contributes to this.  I would also say that the maxim that "Every Representative wants to become a Senator" might also hold some validity.  The Senate is seen as a type of "upper house" in its perception.  This might allow for a greater sense of functioning amongst its members.  The vast geographic and political diversity found in the House of Representatives is not as dominant as in the Senate, which might allow for a more effectively functioning atmosphere.  However, in the long run, I am not sure in this particular political context this is true.  The anti- incumbent feeling that is present in the body politic right now is one where Senators and Representatives are experiencing some level of threat and are reflecting this in their stances on "hot button" political issues.

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