Friday, August 3, 2012 | 3:05 p.m. CDT;
updated 8:50 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 3, 2012
WHAT'S THE JOB? The U.S. Senate comprises 100 members, two from each state, who serve six-year terms. Democrats currently hold the majority with 51 members, plus two Independents who caucus with them.
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