The 113th Congress of the Senate (2013-2015) comprises 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and two independents, thus it can be said that the Democrats, the majority party, control the Senate. The Vice President of the United S... More »

Some arguments used in U.S. Senate votes from supporters of gun control are that more stringent screening laws keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill and potentially violent people and that fewer available guns lead ... More »

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As of May 2014, the two bodies of Congress are split between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans hold the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, with 234 members compared to the Democrats' 201. In the U.S. Sen... More »

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The Senate is sometimes referred to as the upper house, upper body or upper chamber because the Senate chamber was located above the House in the building where Congress first met in New York City. In contrast to the Sen... More »

During a normal session in the U.S. Senate, the Vice President presides. In the absence of the Vice President, the Constitution dictates that a President pro tempore takes over the position. More »

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The Senate is called a continuous body because the reelection of members is timed so that no more than one-third of the members change in an election period. In other words, the Senate is broken up into three equal group... More »

The vice president of the United States is the president of the Senate. In this capacity, the vice president acts as the presiding officer when present on the Senate floor. In the vice president's absence, a president pr... More »