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legislative branch

Vocabulary on Article 1

TermDefinition
Congress Another name for the legislative branch of the U.S. government
Legislative Branch Outlined in Article one of the U.S. constitution with its powers and duties.
Bill proposed legislation under consideration by a legislature to become a law someday.
Federal Law The law of the United States on many levels of which the most important is the United States Constitution, the foundation of the federal government of the United States.
Override use congresses' authority to reject or cancel a veto to make a law
Approval   
House of Representatives The House is one of Congress's two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government's legislative branch. Fixed by law at no more than 435 members, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.
Senate One of two chambers of congress (the other being the House of Representatives) who make laws and decisions, the upper house of the U.S. Congress fixed at two representatives per state, 100 total.
pocket Veto occurs when Congress adjourns during the ten-day period. The President cannot return the bill to Congress. The President's decision not to sign the legislation is a pocket veto and Congress does not have the opportunity to override.
Bicameral a legislative body having two branches or chambers.
Population Measured by the census every 10 years to determine how many house of Representatives seats are divided up between the states.
Citizens United Two different but related things: a Political Action Committee (PAC) in Washington, D.C., and a Supreme Court case about election spending in which the aforementioned PAC was the plaintiff to spend unlimited money for candidates.
Gerrymandering
Lobbying seek to influence a politician or public official on an issue.
435 The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.
100 The number of senators representing all 50 states. Part of the Great Compromise
2 years Number of years for a House of Representatives term
6 years Number of years for a Senator's term
Created by: mrarmy