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Ashlyn's Gov Vocab

Gov. Vocab

TermDefinition
Bill a proposed law
Joint Resolution a proposal for action
Concurrent Resolutiona a statement of position an issue used by the house and senate acting jointly
Resolution a measure relating to the buisness of either house
Rider a additional clause attached to passing a legislative bill
Discharge Petition procedure enabaling members to force a bill
Subcommittee a secondary committee
Committee of the Whole Where the entire house becomes part of a commmittee to make a policy be approved or disapproved quickly.
Quorum The minimum amount of Congressional members present in order to make decisions for it's particular House.
Engrossed a public document
Tabled a group of people
Filibuster Long-winded debates which ends in a bill being defeated due to time constraints.
Cloture Rule that can end a floor debate in regards to a bill being heard such as time limits, or number of people to be heard in the debate.
Veto To reject.
Pocket Veto Where the president delays the signing of a bill past the time allowed.
Seperation of Powers Powers of government that are devided between three equal parties
Check and balances Each branch in government has seperate but shared powers keeping the actions of the others in "check"
Judicial Review Power of the Surpreme Court to review each legislative law declaritng i t constitutional or not.
Public Policy Any action the government makes for the people
Constinuency people who vote for a certain official
Adjourn When congress ends
Apportion To assign a number of representatives in congress
Continous Body When 2/3 of congress is at the election
Franking Privilege Priviledge where members of Congress do not have to pay for postage.
Speaker of the House The chosen leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives.
President of the Senate Position held always by the Vice President of the United States
President Pro Tempore Senator who takes the Vice Presidents place when he is not there
Floor Leader Choosen leader of the majority party
Whip Assistant of the floor leader that keeps everyone in check
Committee Chairman Designated head of a permanent committee
Seniority Rule Those who served longes have the best positions
Standing Committee Committee always in place
Joint Committee Committee that is mixed of both parties.
Created by: AshlynR