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Legislative Branch

Caucus a meeting of party members who select the candidates to run for election
Incumbent the person who is currently holding the office
Standing Committee permanent group in the House that address the major areas in which most proposed laws fall
Conference Committee hammer out differences on a bill between the House and Senate
Joint Committee special group formed from members of the House and Senate to address broad issues that affect both chambers
Filibuster tactic used when opponents of a measure seek to prevent a vote from coming up in the Senate; talk a bill to death
Cloture the vote to end debate of a bill in the Senate; need sixty votes
Gerrymandering the drawing of district boundaries for political advantage
Reapportionment the redistribution of seats in the house among the states based on the results of the census every 10 years
Seniority System member with the longest continuous service on the committee is automatically in charge
Constituents people of a particular geographic area who are represented by a lawmaking body
Appropriation congressional act or bill that sets aside funds for a specific purpose
Impeachment process of charging officials in the executive and judicial branches with wrongdoing and bringing them to trial
Majority Leader person in charge of the party with the most members in a legislative body of the Senate or House of Representatives
Minority Leader person in charge of an outnumbered party in a legislative body of the Senate or House of Representatives
Single-Member District an electoral area represented by one officeholder
Partisan people in Congress who vote according to party lines, what their party says
Bi-Partisan agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other's policies
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