The Senate and the Constitution

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The United States Senate has largely been ignored in legal literature. No pieces have provided a systematic analysis of the Senate’s place and function in the constitutional scheme. The Senate plays a critical role both in constitutional interpretation and societal value pronouncement. In considering the Senate’s role in these areas, this essay considers four constitutional processes: legislation, impeachment, appointment and amendment. In considering the Senate’s role in these four processes, this essay will also reveal the special policy functions it was intended to perform.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1111
Number of pages21
JournalYale Law Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988


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