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Feb 12 '21 at 15:18 comment added Jontia The balancing obviously would come in if the House/Senate control were reversed. A Senate desperate to convict a president wouldn't be able to do so unless the House were willing to impeach initially.
Feb 12 '21 at 15:12 comment added Jontia @jmoreno I think the point the OP was originally asking about, and my comment here was trying to highlight, is that it doesn't feel like much of a "balancing" act in this case. The Senate makes the House's impeachment irrelevant except for the wikipedia articles. There are no consequences (reputation aside) for being impeached. There are only consequences to being convicted of the impeachment.
Feb 12 '21 at 13:19 comment added jmoreno @Jontia: the different houses have different responsibilities and loyalties. They have their own balancing act and separation of powers.
Feb 11 '21 at 3:58 comment added Owen Reynolds I feel this should also directly address the edit, which seems the core of the Q. Impeachment happened. Now the Senate can only convict or not convict. If they don't convict because "we don't think this is constitutional" it's not somehow more powerful. They're not striking down a law like the Supreme Court would. It's the same as any other didn't-convict result.
Feb 10 '21 at 18:02 comment added Jontia @jamesqf I though for the usual meaning of separation of powers both houses were considered the same (Legislature) part of the government? But I understand the idea.
Feb 10 '21 at 17:47 comment added jamesqf @Jontia: It is part of the separation of powers that is embedded in the US Constitution. The authors of the Constitution were afraid of any one part of government having too much power. Thus the House and Senate have some different responsibilities: the House initiates spending bills, the Senate approves Cabinet appointments & treaties, the President can veto legislation passed by both houses...
Feb 10 '21 at 17:00 comment added Jontia This is useful to me. I did wonder how many times votes were going to happen during the process, but although they haven't asked another question yet, I think the OP is confused why there is a House vote that can be to all appearances overturned, rather than why the singular Senate process of trying the Impeachment can result in multiple votes being held. Why not have the Senate both Impeach and Convict instead of separating the functions?
Feb 10 '21 at 15:56 history answered David Hammen CC BY-SA 4.0