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Unit 3 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Legislative Branch The branch that makes laws
Impeachment When most of the members of the House of Representatives expel a member because they did something bad
Appropriations Authorizes the government to spend money, It's a bill that sets money aside for specific spending
Speaker of the House The presiding officer of the House of Representatives
Bicameral Legislature with two houses
Vice President A constitutional officer in the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States
Standing Committee A permanent committee that meets regularly
Majority Party A party with the most amount of members having electoral strength to permit it to win control of a government
Redistricting The process of drawing electoral district boundaries in the U.S
Re-apportionment The process by which seats in a legislative body are redistributed according to population
President Pro Tempore Acts in place of the Vice President of the United States Senate if they are absent
Filibuster Any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length
Constituents People having the power to appoint or elect
Census An official count or survey of a population
Conference committee Appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve disagreements on a particular bill
Joint Session A gathering of members of the two chambers of the bicameral legislature
Implied Powers Powers that aren't stated in the Constitution, but are necessary and proper to carry out anyways
Minority Party A party with the least amount of members that plays a smaller role in the country's politics and elections
Lobbyist A person who attempts to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of legislators
Checks and Balances Given to the branches of government to keep the other two branches from being too powerful
Interest Groups An organized group that tries to influence the government to adopt certain policies or measures
Cloture A procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote
Bill Passed through Congress, have to be approved by President to be made into a law
Expulsion The most serious form of disciplinary action that can be taken against a Member of Congress
Created by: Natasinh