The United States And The New Jersey Plan Essay

1232 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
The United States was formed in under the Constitution in September 17, 1787. Our government was modeled after England’s government where a majority of the power is condensed in the Legislative branch. Our legislative branch is similar to England’s Parliament in it composition and role. After the failure of the Articles of Confederation the framers chose to build a stronger government. They chose to form a mix or “Compromise” between the Virginia plan (with representation based on population per state) and the New Jersey plan (with each state in the legislature will have equal representation) (Alexander, 2013). The merging of the Virginia and New Jersey Plans created a government that would allow proper representation for state with high population while at the same time allowing all states to be represented equally in another chamber. The purpose of making the House large is to allow each Representative to properly represent their district each state can have anywhere from 1 to 53 representatives (Cavalli, 2013). The representatives are required to be at least 25 years old to run for office making them younger on average to their Senate counterparts (Cavalli, 2013). The Senators are required to be at least 30 years old but, most Senators are elderly because the position is prestigious. Senators will campaign every 6 years so they will handle legislation methodically. The House on the other hand must push legislation quickly to prove to their constituency that their…

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