10 Facts About The United States Senate

1. The United States Senate has only broken a deadlock once; in 1837, it elected Richard Mentor Johnson.

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2. Under the Twelfth Amendment, The United States Senate has the power to elect the vice president if no vice presidential candidate receives a majority of votes in the Electoral College.

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3. The United States Senate rules and customs were reformed in the twentieth century, largely in the 1970s.

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4. The United States Senate has several committees that are not considered standing committees.

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5. The United States Senate uses committees for a variety of purposes, including the review of bills and the oversight of the executive branch.

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6. At one end of the chamber of The United States Senate is a dais from which the presiding officer presides.

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7. The United States Senate has censured and condemned senators; censure requires only a simple majority and does not remove a senator from office.

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8. The United States Senate is the sole judge of a senator's qualifications.

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9. The United States Senate was thus not designed to serve the people of the United States equally.

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10. The United States Senate is composed of senators, each of whom represents a single state in its entirety, with each state being equally represented by two senators, regardless of its population, serving staggered terms of six years; with 50 states currently in the Union, there are 100 US Senators.

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