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Chapter 6

TermDefinition
Bicameral A Legislature Consisting of Two Parts, or Houses.
Census A Population Count taken by the Census Bureau.
Constutuent A Person from a Legislators District.
Gerrymander An Oddly Shaped Election District designed to increase he voting strength of a particular party.
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 members belong.
Standing Commitee Permanent committee that continues work from session to 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.
Implies Powers Powers that Congress has that are not stated explicitly in the Constitution.
Elastic Clause Cause in Article 1, section 8 of the constitution that gives congress, the right to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out its expressed powers
Impeach To Accuse government officials of misconduct in office.
Writ of Habeas Corpus A Court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they holding the person.
Bill of Attainder A Law that punishes a person accused of a crime without trial or a 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 Representatives of an interest group who contracts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making.
Casework The Work that a lawmaker 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 us passed by both houses of congress.
Special Interest Group an organization of people with some common interest who try to influence government decision
Filibuster A tactic for defeating a bill in the senate by talking until the bill's sponsor withdraws it.
Cloture A procedure used in the senate to limit debate on the bill.
Voice Vote a voting method in which those in favor say "Yea" and those against sat "No"
Standing Vote in congress, when members stand to be counted for a vote on a bill.
Roll- Call Vote a voting method in the senate in which members voice their votes in turn.
Veto refusal to sign a bill or resolution.
Pocket Veto presidents power to kill a bill if congress is not in session, by not signing it for 10 days.
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