I’m working on a political science multi-part question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
This week we are focusing on the legislative branch, or the Congress! As we know, the Congress is a bicameral legislative body composed of a House of Representatives (members are apportioned to the states based on population and elected every two years) and a Senate in which each state (regardless of size) has two senators. The 17th Amendment (1913) changed the Constitution so that senators were no longer chosen by the individual state legislatures but by the people in a direct election.
For our discussion, I want you to think about what the role of a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate should be. Should we elect members of Congress to follow their consciousness or should they vote on legislation based on what we the voters want? Are there any pro-and cons about each approach to viewing the role of the legislator? What do you think?