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Legislative Branch

QuestionAnswer
What does the Standing Committee do? deals with issues of permanent legislative concern
What does the Conference Committee do? when different versions are past the leaders create a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills
What does the Select Committee do? deals with temporary issues, investigation
What does the Joint Committee do? consist of members of both houses usually created to deal with a specific issue
How many different committees are there? 4
How often does the Standing Committee meet? regularly
What is the 2/3 rule? if the bill gets vetoed, both houses must vote 2/3 majority to pass the bill
Define Constituent a member of a constituency. a group of people that are represented by a member of congress
Who is the current speaker of the house? Paul Ryan
Who is the current house majority leader? Kevin McCarthy
Who is the current house minority leader? Steve Scalise
What is the majority whip responsible for? encouraging participation
what is the minority whip responsible for? assists the state senate president
Define Bill a draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion
Define Committee ,typically consisting of members of a larger group a group of people appointed for a special function, typically consisting of members of a larger group
Define Amendments a minor change in a document
Define Statute a written law passed by a legislative body
Define Subcommittee a committee composed of some members of a larger group
Define Veto a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law making body
How does a bill become a law? Someone had the idea, writes the bill, goes through and passes committee, passes through both houses of congress, goes to the president, the president decides to pass the law or veto it, if vetoed both houses must vote 2/3 majority to pass the bill, if so
Define Expressed Powers powers delegated to the national government in so many words
Define Implied Powers Not expressly stated in the constitution but reasonable suggested- implied by expressed powers
How are the seats in the House distributed, and what qualifications must members meet? There are currently 435 seats in the House. Seats are distributed based on the population of each state, with each state guaranteed at least one representative.
Length of terms in House and Senate House- 2 years Senate- 6 years
Leadership in House and Senate Speaker of the House- Paul Ryan
Created by: Aheld20