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Census an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation
Constituents serving to compose or make up a thing
Gerrymander an oddly shaped district designed to increase the voting strength
majority party The political party having the most members in a house.
minority party A party holding less than a majority of the seats in the House or the Senate
standing committees premanent committees
seniority years of service
expressed powers The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.
implied powers powers not specifically spelled out in the Constitution
elastic clause a statement in the U.S. constitution (Article I, Section 8) granting Congress the power to pass all laws necessary and proper for carrying out the enumerated list of powers.
impeach to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
writ of habeas corpus is a writ (legal action) which requires a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court.
bills of attainder an act of a legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime
ex post facto laws Refers to laws adopted after an act is committed, making it illegal retroactively. Or, it can refer to laws that increase the penalty for a crime after it is committed
franking privilege allows Members of Congress to transmit mail matter under their signature without paying postage.
lobbysts people hired by private groups to influence government decision makers.
casework states who request help in dealing with the federal government.
pork-barrel projects government projects and grants that primarily benefit the home district or state.