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Chapter 6

bicameral a legislature consisting of two parts, or houses
census a population count taken ny the Census Bureau
constituent a person from a legislator's district
gerrymander an oddly shaped election district designed to increase the voting strength of a particular group
majority party in both the House of Representatives ad the Senate, the political party to which more than half members belong
minority party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the political party to which fewer than half the member belong
standing committee permanent committee that continues work from session to session in its Congress
expressed powers powers that Congress has that are specifically listed in the Constitution
implied powers powers that Congress has that are not stated explicitly in the Constitution
elastic clause clause of article 1, section 8 of the Constitution that gives congress the right to make all laws necessary and proper to carry out is expressed
impeach to accuse government officials of misconduct in office
writ of hebeas corpus a court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding the person
bill of attainder a law that punishes a person accused of a crime without trial or fair hearing in court.
ex post facto law a law that would allow a person to be punished for an action that was not against the law when it was committed.
franking privilege the right of senators and representatives to send job- related mail without paying postage.
lobbyist representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making.
casework the work that a law maker does to help constituents with a problem...
pork-barrel project government project grant that primarily benefits the home district or state.
joint resolution a resolution that is passed by both houses of congress.
special interest group an organization of people with some common interest who try to influence government decisions.
fillibuster a tactic for defeating a bill in the senate by talking until the bills sponser withdraws it. cloture
cloture a procedure used in the senate to limit the debate on a bill.
voice vote a voting method in which those in favor say "yea" and those against say" no"
standing vote in congress ... when members stand to be counted for a vote on a bill.
roll- call vote a voting method which members voice their vote
veto refusal to sign a bill or resolution.
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