Definition of the House of Representatives noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the House of Representatives

BrE BrE//ðə ˌhaʊs əv ˌreprɪˈzentətɪvz//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌhaʊs əv ˌreprɪˈzentətɪvz//
[singular] Parliament
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the larger 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) Wordfindercaucus, congress, the Electoral College, House of Representatives, nomination, president, primary, running mate, senate, swing state See related entries: Parliament 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. House members can introduce a proposal for a law and any new law must be approved by them. 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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