A legislative leader is a presiding elected officer of every house, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The exact roles and responsibilities of legislative leaders differ among states. More »

A majority party is the political group in a legislative body with the most voting members. For example, if 47 of the 100 Senators in the U.S. Senate are Republicans and 53 are Democrats, the Democrats are the majority p... More »

Presidential disability is automatic if the president dies, resigns or is impeached, but in other situations, the vice president and a majority of department secretaries must contact the Speaker of the House and the Pres... More »

As of October 2014, the current Speaker of the House is John Boehner, a businessman and native of southwestern Ohio. Boehner was elected to Congress in 1990, elected as the House Majority Leader in 2006, sworn in as Spea... More »

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The Speaker of the House is the representative who presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is also the head of the majority political party in the House and after the Vice President is the next in line to... More »

The federal budget is proposed by the President of the United States, but all bills associated with the budget must originate in the House of Representatives and be approved by the U. S. Senate. In essence, each budget i... More »

The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 identifies the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore as the second and third successors to the presidential seat, according to the U.S. Senate. A successor temp... More »