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Unit 3 Vocabulary

Crossman 6B

TermDefinition
Constituents People in congressional districts
Redistricting The process of redrawing the boundaries of districts
Joint Sessions When senators and representatives meet together. Usually for the President’s State of the Union Address.
Standing Comittee Permanent committee that specializes in a particular topic.
Bill A proposed law
President Pro-Tempore President of the senate for the time being. This happens when the Vice President is absent.
Speaker of the house Leader of the House of Representatives.
Conference Comittee A joint committee that helps members in the Senate and the House of Representatives work together.
Vice President Leader of the Senate. This person votes in the Senate in case of a tie.
Majority Party The party with the most members in Congress.
Minority Party The party with fewer members
Interest Groups Groups of people who work together for similar interests or goals
Bicameral A two house legislature House of Representatives (Population) + Senate (Equality) = Congress
Expressed Powers Powers listed in Article 1 of the Constitution.
Expultion To force a member of Congress to leave because of wrong doing or dishonesty.
Appropriations Funds (money) for a specific use
Reapportionment The redistribution of legislative seats (HR)according to population. (Occurs after the census)
Lobbyists People who represent interest groups
Checks and Balances A system in which each branch of government is able to limit the powers of the other two branches
Filibuster Freedom by senator to kill a bill by continuously talking until the bill is withdrawn
Cloture This limits a senator to debate for no more than an hour. For it to be used, 60 senators must vote for it. It stops a filibuster.
Census A process for counting a nation's population. US census is completed every 10 hours
Implied powers A power not expressly named in the constitution
Legislative Branch The branch of government that makes laws
Impeach to accuse an official of wrong doing
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