What Is The Purpose Of The US Senate?

To many people outside the US, the way the US government has been organized may be somewhat eccentric. First, the Founders established 3 branches of government: the Executive, the Legislature, and the Judiciary. However, the Legislature actually has 2 distinct houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate. But do you know the purpose of the US Senate?

Original Purpose

So, how come there’s a Senate in the first place? Its original purpose was actually to act as a check for the House of Representatives, who were popularly elected. At first, Senators weren’t even directly elected at all. That only happened when the 17th Amendment passed in 1913. Before then, Senators were indirectly elected because they were chosen by the state legislatures.  Continue reading “What Is The Purpose Of The US Senate?”