This subcategory is for sites pertaining to the House of Representatives, the lower house of the United States Congress. The makeup of the House is determined by the US Constitution. There are 435 representatives who serve two-year terms (each House is reconstituted on January 3 of every odd-numbered year). Members of the House of Representatives must be 25 years of age, an inhabitant of the state from which he or she is elected, and a citizen of the United States for at least 7 years. The representatives are divided among the states proportionally according to population, determined by a decennial census ("actual enumeration"). Each state is entitled to at least one representative. Over the years, politically-motivated re-districting (referred to by critics as "gerrymandering") has allowed many districts to become strongholds or "safe seats" for either the Democratic or the Republican Party, since the borders are drawn to include voting groups favorable to one or the other. While they do not vote for members of either the House or the Senate, residents of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other districts and territories of the United States are represented by delegates. These delegates participate in certain committees, but their votes are not counted in proceedings of the full House.
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United States House of Representatives
Information on the lower body of the federal legislature: about the legislative process, this week's House calendar, committee schedules, roll call vote records, and links to House committees and individual members of Congress.
C-SPAN: U.S. House Schedules
Provides daily schedule of proceedings with links to Committee agendas and C-SPAN multimedia programs.
House of Representatives Historical Highlights
From the Office of the Clerk. Shown is what happened in the past by the week in the House of Representatives.
Wikipedia: Congressional Stagnation in the United States
Encyclopedia article on the high rate of reelection to the United States House of Representatives.
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