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Chapter 6


bicameral congress is a two-part
cencus population count of each state
constituents people represented by each state legislatures
gerrymander oddly shaped district designed to increase the voting strength of a particular group
majority party political party that half of the members belong to.
minority party party less than half of members attend
standing committees permanent committees
seniority years of service
expressed powers powers delegated to the congress are enumerated(clearly listed)
implied powers not stated explicitly in the constitution
elastic clause allowed congress to stretch its power to meet new needs,
impeach accuse officials of misconduct in office
writ of habeas corpus court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding the person
bills of attainder laws that punish a person without a jury trail.
ex post facto laws laws that make an act a crime after the act has been communited
franking provilege senators and reprsentives can send job-related mail without paying postage
lobbyists people hired by private groups.
casework members of congrees act as trouble shooters for people from their home districts and states who request help in dealing with the federal government.
pork barrel projects government projects and grants that primarily benifit the home district or state
joint resolutions passed by both houses of congress
special interest groups orginaztions made up of people with common interest
filibusters talk a bill to death
cloture procedure where no one can speak for more than one hour
voice voting those in favor say yea those oppose say no
standing vote those in favor stand and be counted, those oppose stand and be counted
roll call vote sentatos respond aye or no when their name is called.
veto refuse to sign
pocket veto if congress has adjourned, the bill dies.
Created by: jordanlofton