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"The senate is too powerful and the House of Lords is too weak" - Consider this view of the upper chambers of the U.S. congress and the U.K Parliament.

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"The senate is too powerful and the House of Lords is too weak". Consider this view of the upper chambers of the U.S. congress and the U.K Parliament. When the U.K Parliament was first instated it was the House of Lords that predominantly had all the large majority of power and was a lot more influential that the House of Commons, this role has in recent years has switched and it is now the House of Commons that has the majority of the power, this took place because of the Act of Parliament of 1911, which to a large degree reverted the two roles, It should also be remembered that Parliament has been around as long as the Monarchy has as well, but as before this was when the House of Lords and the Majority of the Lords held the majority of the power in the Country. Congress was set up in the Late 18th Century and therefore is a much more modern establishment, it was set up too keep checks and ...read more.

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amendment to the American Constitution for the powers of the senate which now includes the right to taxation and income which was amendment XVI. The senate and the House of Lord also differs in many different ways, firstly and foremost the Senate is elected from the Inhabitants of each different state, so each different state elects who it wants to be there senators, this differs fro the House of Lords because the House of Lords is not elected, 92seats are inherited seats and the rest are people who have earned the title of Lord or Lourdes and are not where they are because the people want the there, so consequently they do have a small amount of Power but not as much as the comparison between Senate and the House of Lords because the Hose of Lords is NOT elected and not selected by the people, it is a position awarded to them or earned by them not given to them by the people who they should be representing. ...read more.

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And on top of that they can never delay or even hinder the passing a money bill that lies completely in the hands of the House of Commons. The 689 peers (92 heredity and 597 life peers) have very little power but the Senate plays a big role in stopping, delaying and opposing bills etc. In relation the House of Lords does have less power than the Senate but there are reasons for that the first being that the Lords is not elected by the people where the senate is and secondly the American system is set up differently to our system and therefore needs to be different. So in conclusion yes the Senate does hold and have more power than that of the House of Lords but in reality it should because it is elected by the people and is used as a check and balance, if The House of Lords had elected members then it really should have the same amount of power and stopping power that the Senate does in America. ...read more.

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