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    John Winters

    What is the significance of the phrase, “to the states respectively, or to the people”? Was that a clarification or a distinction? Why did they add “OR to the people”?

    Thank you



    We don’t know why the Senate added that, because the Senate met in secret for its first five years. I suppose perhaps they were mistakenly taking “the states” in the House draft to refer to the state governments.

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