Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Vice President Presides

The principle for this Constitution Monday is found in Article I.3.4, "The Vice President shall serve as the presiding officer over the Senate." A Vice President is elected to serve all the people and has the responsibility under this provision to preside over the Senators who represent individual states. The Vice President is the only federal officer whose duties are in both the legislative and the executive branches. With the responsibility to preside over the Senate, the Vice President has a specific duty to perform. The Vice President cannot take part in any debate or vote except to break a tie.

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