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chapter 6

key terms

TermDefinition
bicameral a legislature consisting of two parts or houses
census a population count taken by the census bureau
constituent a person from a legislators 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 and the senate the political party to which more than half the members belong
minority party in both the house of representatives and the senate the political party to which fewer than half the members belong
standing committee permanent committee that continues work from session in its congress
seniority years of service which is used as a consideration for assigning committee members
expressed powers powers that congress has that are specifically listed in the constitution
implied powers powers that congress has that are no stated explicitly in the constitution
elastic clause section 8 of the constitution that gives congress the right to make all laws necessary and proper to carry out its expressed powers
impeach
writ of habeas corpus
bill of attainder
ex post facto law
franking privilege
lobbyist
casework
pork-barrel project
joint resolution
special interest group an organization of people with some common interest who try to influence government decisions
filibuster
cloture
voice vote
standing vote in congress when members stand to be counted for a vote on a bill
roll-call vote
veto
pocket veto
Created by: Tylertoro5