Why United States 'Congress' and not 'Parliament'?

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    Why has the United States' forum for political representation both at federal and state levels never been called 'Parliament' but instead 'Congress'? Does it have to do with anti-British sentiment in the early years of the U.S.? Does it have sense? Is Congress more effective than Parliament?
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    Because the head of the British Parliament is head of government not state.
     
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    The word "congress" existed long before the US, and it means to meet together. In this case it was a body being put together from several nearly independent states. It expresses the desire for unity without necessarily subordinating the states. The main question does it work this way?
     
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    Some felt that way at the convention. It turned out differently. We are not going backwards.
     
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    The idea was to maintain checks and balances against an overbearing federal government. Too bad it didn't work out that way.
     
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    Probably goes back to the Continental Congress during revolution. States often just use "legislature"
     
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