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Government Final

Exam terms chapter 11

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cloture A procedure for termination debate, especially filibusters, in the senate
standing committees A permanent committee established in a legislature, usually focusing on a policy area.
Joint committee A committee composed of members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate; such committees oversee the library of congress and conduct investigations
special or select committee A congressional committee created for a specific purpose, sometimes to conduct an investigation
conference committee A committee appointed by the presiding officers of each camber to adjust differences on a particular bill passed by each in different form.
seniority rule A legislative practice that assigns the chair of a committee or subcommittee to the member of the majority party with the longest continuous service on the committee
Discharge petition A petition that, if signed by a majority of the members of the house of representatives, will pry a bill from committee and bring it to the floor for consideration.
Pocket Vito A veto exercised by the president after Congress has adjourned; if the president takes no action for ten days, the bill does not become law and is not returned to congress for a possible override.
Bicameralism The principle of a two-house legislature.
Created by: palmerrg