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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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What Is the Legislative Branch?

The legislative branch contains the United States Congress, which is made up of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and a handful of supporting agencies. Congress has the responsibility to establish laws and make amendments to current laws. The Senate has the responsibility of “advice and consent” on high-ranking presidential appointments. Senators, members of the House of Representatives, staff, and various supporting employees work on the Hill.
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To legislate is to create, consider, and enact laws.
The House and Senate perform their own set of duties, but work together to achieve the overall mission of Congress. The House of Representatives has 435 members, each of whom is elected for a ...

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