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, November 28, 2010

Determine Own Rules

The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday comes from Article I.5.2: “The House and the Senate shall each determine the rules and proceedings by which it will carry out its responsibilities.” This principle sets forth the right of the House and the Senate to be independent from each other in how they perform their duties.

Under this provision either chamber may criticize the rules of procedure in the other chamber but neither has power to do anything about it. One such difference in rules is that the members of the Senate can filibuster but members of the House cannot.

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