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chapter 6

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bicameral legislature consisting of two parts
census a population count taken by the census bureau
constituent a person from a legislator's district
gerrymander an oddly shaped election district designed to increase voting strength of a particular group
majority party in both the house of representatives and the senate the political party that more than half members belong
minority party in both the house of representatives and the senate the political party that fewer than half members belong
standing committee a permanent committee that continues to work session to session in its party
seniority years of service that is used as consideration for assigning committee members
expressed powers powers that congress has that are explicitly written in the constitution
implied powers powers that the congress has that are not explicitly written in the constitution
elastic clause clause in article 1 section 8 of the constitution that gives congress the right to make all laws necessary and proper to carry out the expressed powers
impeach to accuse government officials of misconduct in office
writ of habeas corpus court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to know why they are holding the person
bill of attainder a law that punishes a person accused of a crime without a trial or fair hearing in court
ex post facto laws a law that would allow a person to be punished an action that was not agent the law when it was written
franking privilege the right or senators and representatives to send job relating mail without paying postage
lobbyist representative of an interest group who contacts 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 resolution that is passed by both houses of congress
special-interest group organization of people with some common interest who try to influence government decisions
filibuster a tactic for defeating a bill in the senate by talking until the bills sponsor withdraws it
cloture a procedure used in the senate to limit debate on a bill
voice vote a voting method in which those in favor say yea and those aganst say no
standing vote in congress when members stand to be counted for a vote on a bill
roll-call vote a voting method in senate in which voting members voice their vote 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
Created by: ColeGillespie



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