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C/E Chap 6 Terms

WSHS - C/E 2nd Period - Chapter 6 Terms - Boyd/Tedder

bicameral a two part body
census a population count
constituent a person who is represented in a district
gerrymander an oddly shaped district designed to increase the voting strength of a particular group
majority party in the House and Senate, the political party to which more than half of the members belong
minority party in the House and Senate, the political to which less than half of the members belong
standing committee a permanent committee in a house of Congress that continues its work from session to session
seniority the status earned by the longest-serving senators or representatives in Congress
expressed laws Congressional powers that are explicitly stated
implied powers Congressional powers that are explicitly stated
elastic clause a section in the Constitutional that allows Congress to expand or stretch its powers if needed
impeach to accuse officials of miscounduct in office
writ of habeas corpus a court order that requires the police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding that person
bill of attainder a law that punishes a person without a trial by jury
ex post facto law laws that make an act a crime after the act has been committed
franking privilege the benefit given to Senators and representatives that allows them to send job-related mail without paying postage
lobbyist a person who is hired by a privagte group to influence government decision makers
casework troubleshooting performed by a member of Congress for his or her home district
pork-barrel project government projects and grants that primarily benefit the home district or state
joint resolution a formal statement that is passed by both houses of Congress
special-interest group an organization made up of people with some common interest who try to influence government decisions
filibuster talk a bill to death
cloture procedure in which no Senetor can speak for more than an hour
voice vote a vote that is taken when people resond with “Yea” or “No”
roll-call vote a vote that is recordedd as each person’s name is called
veto refuse to sign a bill
pocket veto the process by which a bill dies because the president does not sign the bill and the Congressional session had alrady adjourned
standing vote a vote in which supporters and opponents stand to be counted
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