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As the Supreme Court has noted, Congress is 'predominantly a lawyer's body,' Callanan v. United States, 364 U.S. 587, 594 (1961), and it is appropriate for us 'to assume that our elected representatives . . . know the law.' Cannon v. University of Chicago, 441 U.S. 677, 696 -697 (1979). It is not a function of the Court to presume that 'Congress was unaware of what it accomplished. . . .' U.S. Railroad Retirement Bd. v. Fritz, 449 U.S. 166, 179 (1980). 

An assembly of the deputies convened from different governments, to treat of peace or of other political affairs, is called a congress. Congress is the name of the legislative body of the United States, composed of the senate and house of representatives. The senate is composed of two senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof for six years, and each senator has one vote. They represent the states rather than the people, as each state has its equal voice and equal weight in the senate, without any regard to the disparity of population, wealth or dimensions. The senate have been, from the first formation of the government, divided into three ...

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