By Jaden Zurn The Legislative branch was made to create laws for the nation, especially since the Constitution couldn’t cover every topic, because they had no idea what the world would be like in 300 years. The legislative branch along with all the other branches of government meet at The Capitol Building in Washington D.C! The legislative branch helps pass a law and checks these laws over to make sure that we don’t accidentally pass a law that would be bad for our country. If the legislative branch did not exist we would be passing laws that would do us no good or could deeply affect our countries future like using nuclear weapons or something of that sort. 535 in the US federal legislative branch. 435 are in the House of Representatives, 100 in the Senate. 1. 2. 3. 4. Get a campaign committee to deal with public stuff. Pay the filing fee, but in some states there are ways to not have pay the fee. Visit the elections office and get 60 signatures stating that you should be a senator. Signatures must be from people in the same political party as you, though. Such as Democrat or Republican. Official voting results are in the elections office, so you can find out if you are an official senator now! Only people that live in the US, are 30 years old or more, and lived in the US 9 years or more can be qualified for election to be a senator. A term for a Senator is 6 years long and a third of the Senators are elected every 2 years. Also a term for a Senator begins on January 3rd There are 100 senators 2 from each state, our two are Herb Kohl and Russ Fiengold. 1. 2. 3. 4. Know your politics Join a political party Be a citizen of the United States seven years or more. Be 21 years old or older. A term for a rep is 2 years long. Tammy Baldwin Steve Kagen Ron Kind Gwen Moore David Obey Thomas Petri Paul Ryan James Sensenbrenner Michael Huebsch is our presiding officer of Wisconsin he is a republican that likes to fish. To impeach is to accuse someone of something while in a important government job. Only the Senate has the power to impeach, they have a court case which determines whether or not the rep will be removed from office. Once the House agrees, impeachment is figured out by the Senate. During the entire thing the Senate is the jury. Only the Senate can get rid of a rep. When the case ends the Senate votes to get rid of the rep. There has to be a 2/3 for the official to be kicked out. I First you start out with an idea, this then becomes a bill which must be approved by a committee in the House of representatives. Then it needs to have a quorum to be accepted, a quorum is 1 over half of the people or 218 members of the House. After this it goes to the Senate committee, soon after it goes to the Senate itself. Then both the House and the Senate hold a joint committee. If during any of this process it does not reach the correct amount of votes it dies. The rest of the process will be continued on the next page. If it passes the joint committee it goes to the president of the United States Barrack Obama, if he okay’s it then the bill becomes a law if not it is vetoed and the bill is sent back to the House where there is another quorum but, it includes the Senate this time, it requires a 2/3 vote, if it makes the 2/3 vote then the presidents veto is over ruled and it becomes law. The Congress is in charge of collecting taxes, the money goes towards debts, the army, and for essential stuff, like schools and stores or paving roads, etc. Congress has the power to print money. The Congress has the power “regulate” trade to foreign countries (like Poland!) The Congress is responsible for defending our country. The congress also has the power to declare war on other countries. Congress has the power to make important stuff like a post office. They also make laws for copyrights, so someone’s idea isn’t stolen if it’s their idea. No Bill of Ex post facto law can be passed. Ex post facto laws are laws that punish someone for what they did before the law stated that it is illegal. No laws could be passed outlawing slave trade till 1808. A person can have a case in court no matter how bad the crime is. You can’t be sent into prison without a chance to attend a court trial. Congress can’t tax from a state. It can’t give a preference to a states seaport. No title of nobility like King, or Prince, can given by the US. Government money can’t be spent except for if a new law is being past. No I would not want to be a member of the Legislative branch, it holds to much responsibility. I just want to be a regular Joe with a regular job. Not making laws and attending court cases. I’m fine with being a normal American. I would make it so that kids attending school would be able to eat, not only during lunch but in all classes, but certain types of food wouldn’t be allowed like chocolate cake. Also you can’t have a dinner buffet on your desk but moderately healthy food or better would be allowed. Without it old laws would still be in effect, government wouldn’t be able to tax. Then with no money the government would crumble and the US would be a land filled with looters and thieves, the country would be in chaos. The United States would be a developing country with no valuable resources.