- from American Government
In 1971, the voting age was changed from 21 to 18. Thank the legislative branch if you like that idea. Blame the same branch if you don't.
This branch of government includes the Senate and the House of Representatives. Together, these legislative bodies are called Congress. Congress does most of its work in committees. The Senate has 16 standing, or permanent, committees. The House of Representatives has 20. These include committees on Education and the Workforce, Energy, Veterans’ Affairs, and Homeland Security.