The role of a democratic government is to secure the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for it’s citizens.
Each branch of the United States government has it’s own exclusive powers as well as the responsibility to influence the workings of the other two, ensuring that the democratic process functions in a balanced way and expresses the will of the American people.
June 2, 2017
In an age of transparency and social media, it’s difficult to image the challenges faced by 18th-century politicians to keep Americans informed about the workings of the government. The Constitution, for instance, was signed by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787 in Pennsylvania, but the American public wasn’t able to view the document until two days later.
The “Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” distributed 500 copies of the Constitution so the American public could finally be informed about the structure of the new federal government and the “law of the land” that has governed us for over 200 years.
Though the original signed copy of the Constitution, written on parchment and carefully preserved, is on display at the National Archives in Washington D.C., a rare copy of the printed version can be found at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
February 23, 2017
Though the House and Senate have their own procedures for passing legislation, the committees in each chamber have similar oversight on various parts of the federal government and play a central role in the creation of new laws.
When a new law is being created, it is first introduced into the relevant House or Senate committee where it is researched, written, and eventually placed up for a vote.
A list of the committees each representative or senator is assigned to, as well as the specific legislation being worked on within each district, can be found online at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.