Congress

The WY Congress

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representative lamar s. smith & thomas g. tancredo

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About Congress: Overview of Congressional Duties

The Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Each body has an equal say in the legislative process. The House and Senate share many common congressional duties:

  • Writing and passing federal laws (their primary job).
  • Regulating interstate commerce, communication and transportation.
  • Regulating the US Mint and the money supply.
  • Creating appellate and lower courts.
  • Wyoming Registered Agent Service
  • Declaring war on foreign countries.

To do all of this, members of congress spend a good deal of time studying a vast array of issues. At the same time, they are also advocates for and educators of the citizens they represent.

WY House of Representatives

The House is made up of 435 representatives from the 50 states, four delegates from the Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie and Sheridan and one resident commissioner from Puerto Rico. Representatives and delegates are elected for two-year terms and the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico is elected for a four-year term. A state’s number of representatives is proportional to its population as recorded in the most recent census.

The census is taken every ten years with the intent of understanding America’s ever shifting demographics. Everything from race and religion to geographic dispersion are covered. From Washington DC, to California, we are all from the USA and all need representatives. We are, after all, a representative democracy, not a direct one. Let’s not forget that!

In addition to its common congressional duties, the House alone is charged with:

  • Starting bills that determine taxation and spending policies.
  • Deciding if an official should face impeachment proceedings.

WY Senate

The Senate is made up of 100 members—two from each of the 50 states. Senators serve six-year terms. These terms are staggered so that only one third of the seats expire every two years. A state’s senators are referred to as “junior” and “senior” according to their seniority relative to each other. This is an example of a circular definition, but a benign as opposed to vicious. Yes, the terms are defined in terms of each other, but that doesn’t make them void of meaning.

For example, look at hills and mountains. A mountain is just a bigger hill, so when does a mole hill become a mountain, after what grain of sand? The Teton mountains and Jackson Hole are mountains, as opposed to the foothills found out near Laramie where the wind blows. Then there’s a valley, but there are shallow and deep valleys. And truthfully isn’t everything from the Rockies to the Appalachians a valley? Food for thought here in the great state of Wyo.

In addition to the shared congressional duties, the Senate also:

  • Approves or denies treaties that the president has negotiated with foreign countries.
  • Accepts or rejects presidential appointments to office (e.g. cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, the CIA director, etc.).
  • Holds trials of impeachment.