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Exploring the Distinction between the House and Senate In the House and Senate Ross L Baker investigates the differences encompassing both the House of Representatives and the Senate This book reveals an in-depth comparison between the two chambers providing a through history regarding the differences in size leadership and electoral relations First the disparity of size has always been a questionable matter concerning Congress When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution many compromises took place in order for most of the Continental Congress to agree with this revolutionary form of government However many people were still not pleased In the first years after the establishment of the bicameral Congress observers some from different countries recorded extensive examinations of the difference between both chambers Alexis de Tocqueville enjoyed the size of the Senate allowing unlimited discussion and debate On the other hand he felt that the rules of the House of Representatives restricted debate Baker further explores the reasons why size has an effect on the class distinctions differentiating between both chambers Since the state legislatures elected the Senate the government began to regard the Senate as an elitist group In contrast due to the fact that the people directly elect the House the government began to regard the Representatives as common ordinary people During this time period Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in favor of the structuring of the Senate He agreed with senatorial appointment by state legislatures because of the Senators willingness to contribute to the government through high-minded thought and eloquent speech He regarded the Representatives of the House as cloud-minded people filled with trivial thoughts irrelevant to government He did not believe that the people could adequately select a group of people to represent them directly in government Senators experience more privileges because of the difference of size in both chambers When finding office space Senators are allowed 4000 square feet while Representatives are only allowed 1000 to 1500 square feet
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