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Post by McSnuggles on Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:08 am

Ok I have ideas for the first two but I don't know if I'm right so a second opinion would be nice.

1. Why are the House terms only 2 years?
2. Why are the Senate terms 6 years?
3. How did the Articles of Confederation give salaries to members of the Congress under it, and why did it change when we wrote the Constitution?

Thank you in advance. Smile

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Re: 3 Gov Questions

Post by strangerthanfiction on Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:08 am

1. House was originally closest to people (senators were picked by state legislators, electoral college picked president). So to keep up with current ideas and stuff, house terms are two years long. (If you're stuck with eighty-year terms, you're never going to get very many people who represent new demographics, etc.)
2. Senate terms are longer for pretty much the opposite reason. If the entire Senate changed overnight, it might be too radical and promote too much change (ex. what if it suddenly became full of young women who wanted to make it illegal for a man to stand you up on a date). Terms are staggered so it's less immediately responsible for change.
3. I honestly can't remember/don't know Sad sorry
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Re: 3 Gov Questions

Post by dohnage18 on Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:48 am

Alex is correct on the first two.

Um, because they could raise their own salaries? 27th amendment?

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Re: 3 Gov Questions

Post by The Prez on Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:49 pm

Okay, yea, Alex is totally on with the first two, but I would add that the Senate was the one they wanted to maintain, because they held the power to confirm nominees.

As for 3, I am under the impression that the Articles had a 27th amendment of sorts.
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Re: 3 Gov Questions

Post by McSnuggles on Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:15 pm

OH! I forgot about the legislature picking Senators. Thank you. Smile

And I guess I'll just have to read the Articles of Confederation to find the exact wording. Sad

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Re: 3 Gov Questions

Post by McSnuggles on Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:03 pm

Ok so I read like a bit of the Articles of Confederation to find the answer when I find this handy "Articles - Constitution comparison" link at the top. Makes things a bit easier lol.

Congressional Pay
Articles: Paid by states
Constitution: Paid by the federal government

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