The Senate and the Constitution

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Vikram D. Amar

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: 1988

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Amar, Vikram D., The Senate and the Constitution (1988). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 97, No. 6, p. 1111, May 1988. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1963408

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