Id Rather Be a Senator Than a Member of the House of Representatives Essay

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'Id rather be a senator than a member of the house of representatives'

Both houses need each other in order to function as they are both part of the legislative branch of government however there are many arguments to suggest that senate is more prestigious that the house of representatives.

American citizens see a lot more pride in their senator as they represent the entire state not just a small region within it. For example Representative Joe Baca represents a single congressional region in California whereas Jerry Brown represents the entire state. The senator has a greater reputation for representing the views of the state over what the party tells them or their own personal views which make the individuals within the state feel
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The democrats have nominated a member of the senate to be vice president in 14 out of the last 15 elections. However Since 1789, 19 Presidents and 33 major presidential nominees served in the U.S. House of Representatives at some point in their career so being in the senate is not the be all and end all. Senators have many more exclusive powers that are seen as more prestigious that the exclusive powers of the house. They have the power to confirm or deny any appointments made by the president, in late 2006 when secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld resigned, Bush had to get the approval of the senate to appoint his replacement, Robert Gates. The senate confirmed this nomination by 95 votes to 2. The other exclusive power is its power to ratify with a super majority all treaties negotiated by the president, which means it is very important for the president to keep the senate informed about all treaty negotiations in order to make it more likely for them to ratify his decisions. Also although House of Representatives has the power to impeach someone the senate has the power to question this impeachment and investigate as the whether the person is guilty of what they are being accused of, if they are found guilty by the two thirds majority the individual is removed from office. In the example of the 1980s where three judges were impeached the senate found all three guilty, whereas in the case of President Clinton in 1999 the