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This is Congress

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The United States government government pw government Samuel Corum/Getty Images the people who make decisions for a country, state, city, etc. (noun) The president is the head of the United States government. has three branches. Congress is the legislative branch. It makes laws law pw law BLEND IMAGES - SOLLINA IMAGES/GETTY a rule made by the government of a country, state, city, etc. (noun) There is a law banning texting while driving. . Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Take a look!

This is the U.S. Capitol building.

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It is in Washington, D.C. Congress has been meeting here since 1800. Leaders come together to talk about plans for laws. Then they vote on them.

The Senate is part of Congress.

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Congress has 100 senators. That means there are two senators for each of the 50 states. Senators serve serve SCOTT INDERMAUR—GETTY IMAGES to hold a job (verb) I serve as my class treasurer. six-year terms.

The House of Representatives is part of Congress.

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There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives. They serve two-year terms. Some states have more representatives than others. The number depends on how many people live in the state.

Meet Nancy Pelosi

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Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House. That means she leads the House of Representatives. She is the first woman to have this job.

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