The special powers of the Senate are to approve treaties, impeach public officials and approve people appointed to office by the president. The Senate is also able to censure its own members for inappropriate behavior. More »

The United States House of Representatives has three special powers not accorded to any other body: the power to start all bills intended to raise revenue, the power to impeach federal government officers (including the ... More »

One power unique to the Senate is that the it is the only body that tries the president in case of impeachment. The House of Representatives impeaches the president, but the Senate conducts his trial. More »

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