House of Representatives, U.S.

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  • The House of Representatives is a chamber in the U.S. Congress that, along with the Senate, drafts and approves national legislation. The House's powers and responsibilities are defined in Article 1 of the Constitution. Each bill passed by the House must be approved in identical form by the Senate; bills passed by both houses are then presented to the executive branch for approval. The president may sign the bill and make it a law or veto the bill and send it back to Congress. A vetoed bill can become law if it is again passed by the House and Senate with a two-thirds majority. Population determines the number of members each state receives in the House of Representatives, and each state is guaranteed at least ...

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