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How did the Great Compromise establish the legislative body?

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September 05, 2007 9:33PM

The Great Compromise took the ideas of the Virginia Plan (large state plan) and the New Jersey Plan (small state plan) and created a two house legislature (bi-cameral). The Senate would be made up of equal number of senators from each state, selected by the state legislatures. The House of Representatives would be elected by the people in each district and state, and based upon population representation. The more people living in the state, the more representatives the state would have. But even small states would be equally represented with the large states in the Senate. A bill would have to be approved by both houses before it became law. And only the House (the most representative of the people) could initiate money bills.