As part of a special concerning the “Freedom For Which the Flag Stands“, and just in time for the elections, I am featuring a special treat for my viewers. In the third of a four part series, I am featuring the scope of the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government. Miami University has a great basis to understanding the function of the government. A lot of federal program information is always available and distributed by the Government Printing Office through the GPO Bookstore and the Federal Depository Library Program. Other very interesting info is available is available from the Branches of the U.S. Government | USAGov website. A lot of federal information is available at no cost, but sometimes a self-addressed, stamped envelope with instructions online will be provided and then must be sent if necessary.
Legislative Branch U.S. Government:
- The Legislative Branch or Congress, is responsible for making all laws, declaring war, regulating interstate and foreign commerce and controlling taxes and spending policies.
Congress is comprised of two branches or legislative chambers:
- House of Representatives – You are able to find your local House of Representatives on the website. In the House of Representatives to start, a law or package of laws known as a bill. It passes a vote and then if it has enough votes, the bill then goes on to the second chamber of Congress, the Senate.
- Senate – You are able to find your Senators on the website. In Senate the bill is passed or rejected in whole. Once it is passed in the senate, it goes on to to either pass through to the Executive branch, or fail, thereby being rejected. The power of the President to refuse to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevent its enactment into law is the veto. The President has ten days (excluding Sundays) to sign a bill passed by Congress. This veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House, and become law overriding Executive approval. The Senate is in charge of approval of the President‘s Supreme Court nomination. The nine justices are nominated by the President and must be approved by the Senate (with at least 51 votes).
The following are other Legislative Branch organizations:
- Architect of the Capitol
- Congressional Budget Office
- Congressional Research Service
- Copyright Office
- Government Accountability Office
- Government Publishing Office
- House Office of Inspector General
- House Office of the Clerk
- Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
- Library of Congress
- Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
- Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
- Office of Compliance
- Open World Leadership Center
- Stennis Center for Public Service
- U.S. Botanic Garden
- U.S. Capitol Police
- U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Government is needed to keep structure, law, order, justice in everyday living. Every society in the world including Antarctica, and as I researched now has some type of government. Past history provides the results of total lack of law and order, or justice always fail and falter, and total KAOS and disorder result, if and when more than a family try to live life in harmony, due to different personalities and ways of upbringing. Principles are very important to live in any type of society through the ages, especially our modern society.