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Unit 3

Unit 3 flash cards

TermDefinition
Contituents People in congressional districts.
Redistricting The process of redrawing the boundaries of districts.
Joint sessions When senators and representatives meet together. Usually for the presidents's state of the union address.
Standing committee 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 committee 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 of congress.
Minority Party The party with fewer members.
Interest groups Groups of people who work together for similar interests or goals.
Bicameral House of A two house legislature House of Representatives (Population) + Senate (Equality) = Congress
Expressed powers Powers listed in Article 1 of the Constitution.
Expulsion To force a member of Congress to leave because of wrong doing or dishonesty.
Appropriations Funds (Money) for 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Filibuster Freedom by Senators to kill a bill by continuously talking until the bill is withdrawn.
Cloture This limits a Senator to debate for no more than on 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 years.
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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