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News Words: Senate



When you listen to stories about the US government, you often hear this word: Senate.

If there is no further business to come before the Senate, I ask that it adjourn under the previous order. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate is one of the two major groups of lawmakers that make up the US national legislature. There are 100 Senators, two from each state. Along with the House of Representatives, they make the nation's laws. Senators also approve treaties and high-level federal officials.

Now, when you hear the word "Senate," your English will be good enough to know what this News Word means.