Sunday, May 2, 2010
Choose Own Leaders
Our study of the Constitution continues on this Constitution Monday. The United States Constitution provides that the "House of Representatives shall choose its own clerks, sergeant at arms, and all other officers needed to function efficiently" (Article I.2.5). this provision is much like the one from last week in that it says that the House of Representatives has the Right to organize itself. The majority party carries this right. The officers in the House of Representatives include committee chairmen, party whips, the House clerk, floor leaders, the sergeant at arms, doorkeeper, parliamentarian, chaplain, postmaster, and pages.