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Vice President

Vice President Seal , by DonkeyHotey
Vice President Seal , by DonkeyHotey

Under the Constitution (Article I, Section 3), the vice president serves as President of the Senate. He may vote in the Senate in the case of a tie but is not required to. The President Pro Tempore (and others designated by him) usually perform these duties during the vice president’s frequent absences from the Senate.

Also see President of the Senate / President Pro Tempore; A Note About Usage: ‘Congress’; Presiding Officer; § 5.70, Senate Leadership, and § 6.210, Consideration and Debate on the Senate Floor, in Congressional Deskbook.






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