House of Representatives

noun
the lower legislative house of the United States Congress (Freq. 5)
Hypernyms: ↑house
Member Holonyms: ↑Congress, ↑United States Congress, ↑U.S. Congress, ↑US Congress

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noun
the House of Representatives
: the larger part of the U.S. Congress or of the Parliament of Australia or New Zealand — compare senate

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the ˌHouse of Repreˈsentatives [House of Representatives] noun singular
the largest part of Congress in the US, or of the Parliament in Australia, whose members are elected by the people of the country
compare senate (1)
 
Culture:
In the US House of Representatives the ↑Speaker of the House is its leader. The House has 435 members, who are elected every two years. The states have different numbers of representatives according to the size of their population, so ↑Delaware has only two members while ↑California has 52. House members can introduce a proposal for a law and must approve any new law. If no candidate in an election for US President receives a majority of votes in the ↑Electoral College, the House chooses the President. This has only ever happened twice, in the cases of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy ↑Adams.

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