Basics of Congress: Inner workings of the three branches of government, as well as how those branches function and work with one another to create or federal government.
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The Founders set the legislative powers in the hands of Congress instead of Parliament. They didn't want power to be concentrated in a single government institution because they feared it could lead to rule by an oppressive or impassive majoritarian, so they made a bicameral legislature with a House of Representatives and a Senate. The legislative powers of Congress would be shared with the President and Supreme Court.
Congress (with 453 members) wants to be big and powerful, and its members also want to be powerful as individuals and as a group. But, Congress being big is hard because then it cannot be powerful unless a small group is given the authority to run it. If a group runs the House, then individuals will lack power. Individuals can gain power, but only at the price of making the House harder to run and reducing its collective power. Because of the lack of a solution to these problems, the House is always changing.
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