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Similarities Between House And Senate

What are some differences and some similarities of the House and the Senate?

What are some differences and some similarities of the House and the Senate?

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The House has a reputation of being much more contentious and impulsive when it comes to legislation.  By comparison, it is fairly easy to be elected to the House, which means you have won a congressional district vote vs. a Senate seat which is a statewide vote.  So Senators, by definition, usually have to be more moderate than Representatives in order to get elected.

The House will often vote for controversial policies such as abortion limits or banning flag burning, knowing full well they can make such votes without it having a chance to pass the Senate.  So they can posture and throw red meat to the crowds in their districts without actually having to accomplish anything.

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I'm not going to look at the modern political differences, I'm going to stick to basics.

As mentioned earlier, the main similarity between the two houses is they serve the same purpose. They both exist to create legislation in our nation. In addition they both have the ability to create bills, and all bills must...

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