Compare And Contrast The Senate And House Of Representatives

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William Dale Cox
Government 2301
MW 2:30PM
Section 1, question 1: Compare and contrast the Senate and House of Representatives.
Compare and contrast the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress constitutes two houses namely the senate and the House of Representatives. The essay is about the similarities and difference between these two houses of congress.
There are several differences between the House of Representatives and senate. The U.S. Vice President is the head of the Senate. He is supposed to vote in the senate in case of a tie. On the other hand, the leader of House of Representatives is called the Speaker of the House. He/She is elected by the ...view middle of the document...

By comparing the Senate and the House of Representatives we conclude that there are two major similarities between them. For example both houses of the Congress comprises of men and women. Both representatives and the senators are the members of congress who are supposed to work together toward the common objective: to create, discuss, debate and vote on bills, some of which ultimately become laws. Senators and Representatives often meet with each other and in smaller groups to discuss in the U.S. Capitol Building of Washington D.C. Before a bill can be signed by the president, it must primarily be approved by a majority of members
in both the houses of Congress. Although Congress is made up of two types of lawmakers, they must work together for the benefit of all U.S. citizens.

Section 1, question 2: Discuss presidential powers and roles.
The president has five major powers and roles, each important and critical in his position. Without them he would be basically powerless and would have no way of helping the country and there would not be any point in having a president. The five powers and roles are chief executive, commander in chief, chief diplomat, chief legislator, and chief of state. Although each role can be considered equally as important as the other, it seems that the role as Chief Diplomat is one of the most vital of the five because of its effect on the position of the US as a country in the world.
The role of Chief Diplomat is a very important role that the President of the United States holds because without it, there would be no ties with the rest of the world. The role entails the President to conduct foreign policy by directing the actions of American ambassadors and signing treaties and trade agreements with leaders of foreign nations. By doing all of these tasks, America as a whole becomes safer and more respect is slowly gained amongst other countries in the world. An example of the Chief Diplomat role being filled is George W. Bush. He visited the Republic of Liberia where he met with President Johnson Sirleaf to discuss how the US has helped the Republic become more economically stable and put children back into schools.
Next, the constitution names the president the civilian head of the nation’s military forces. The role of the commander-in-chief is to oversee crucial aspects of the military involvement in protecting the United States and its citizens. A prime example of this is the recent operation to find and destroy Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The president made it known that they had intelligence that Osama was in Pakistan since August of 2010, but it was not until May 1st of 2011 that the intelligence was verified and the operation successfully conducted by order of the commander-in-chief. Osama was involved in a fire fight with American Special Forces and killed, at which time the soldiers took possession of the body for identification purposes. This is the most recent public operation that...

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