22 October, 2006

The First Article of The United States Constitution outlines items regarding the United States Congress. The Article outlines the two different branches of the legislature. The first is the Senate of which each state has two Representatives. The House is the second legislative body within the congress, the House has representation based off of population size of a state. It also outlines that the the Representatives are so post to serve two year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms a person can serve. The term of a Senator is six years. The requirement of a Representative is at least 25 years old and a citizen. The requirement of a senator is at least 30 years old and a citizen. The vice-president is the president of the senate, his main roll is to break ties. This article also lays out the election process for senators. Every two years one third of the senate will be up for reelection. Every two years the Representatives will be up for reelection. Both branches can elect officers within the branch but it is not constitutionally required of them.
The house is given sole power for impeachment. The house acts as the prosecutor, when the senate acts as the jury. During the impeachment the Chief Justice acts as the judge.
The congress has several duties laid out for them to fulfill according to the Constitution they are "To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes; To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States; To establish post offices and post roads; To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court; To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations; To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water; To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years; To provide and maintain a navy; To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces; To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof." (Source) These are the required items congress must fulfill by the Constitution.

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