The Senate and the Constitution

  title={The Senate and the Constitution},
  author={Vikram David Amar},
  journal={Yale Law Journal},
  • V. Amar
  • Published 1 May 1988
  • Law
  • Yale Law Journal
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… 
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