The historical idea of the Senate predates the Roman Republican, originating as the King’s council. Over time under the new Republic the Senate gained power as the nation transitioned to constitutional rule. Eventually Rome’s executive concentrated power, and the Senate became less important.
Nonetheless, the US constitution creates a Senate which harkens back to more august times, and the Senate has often been called “world’s greatest deliberative body” though I know of few people who consider it as such today.
Because instead of concerning itself with matters of war and peace (the US largely goes to war on the instructions of the President, constitutional requirements notwithstanding) or for that matter executive overreach as it impinges on civil liberties, US Senators have taken on IT sales and consulting.
Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote Tuesday to the leaders of 13 U.S. airlines, including United, Delta, American and Southwest, saying they are “concerned with recent reports indicating that airlines’ IT systems may be susceptible to faltering because of the way they are designed and have been maintained.”
…“We encourage you to ensure that your IT systems have the appropriate safeguards and backups in place to withstand power outages, technological glitches, cyberattacks and other hazards ….” the two senators wrote to Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
Senator Blumenthal can hook them up with a good deal on a data center, and discount servers to boot, as long as they’re willing to sign a 3 year contract and execute it before the end of the quarter.