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Not long ago, the Senate commemorated the bicentennial of its first meeting in April 1789. By its continuity over the centuries, the United States Congress has vindicated the framers of the Constitution and affirmed their faith that their great experiment in democracy would endure.

American Constitution created a system of checks and balances between the separate Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the federal government. In the Legislative branch, the Senate represents each of the states equally, while the House* represents them according to the size of their respective populations. Each state has two senators, who will be referred to in the debate as the senior senator from... and the junior senator from... depending on their length of service.

The Constitution assigns specific powers and responsibilities to Congress to enact legislation necessary to provide for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States. It gives the Senate exclusive authority to advise and consent on all nominations and treaties. Most important, the Senate provides a forum where senators, elected by the people, can debate different issues and form the laws under which the nation operates.

Although its purpose is not always apparent, each legislative procedure, each action, each debate, plays a role in the legislative process. Even the architectural and artistic features of the chamber represent various stages of development in the Senate's two centuries of history.

* The House - The House of Representatives