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Unit 3 Volcabulary

TermDefinition
Legislative Branch Headed by Congress, which includes the House of Representatives and the Senate. The main task of these two bodies is to make the laws
Impeachment To charge someone with doing something wrong, specifically a high government official, such as the US president, a senator, or a Federal judge.
Appropriations Sums of money or total of assets devoted to a special purpose.
Speaker of the House The presiding officer of the United States House of Representatives.
Bicameral A particular body of government that consists of two legislative houses or chambers.
Vice President An official or executive ranking below and deputizing for a president.
Standing Committee A permanent committee that meets regularly.
Majority Party A political party having electoral strength sufficient to permit it to win control of a government
Redistricting To divide or organize into new political districts.
Re-apportionment A government appropriates funds in order to delegate cash for the necessities of its business operations.
President Pro Tempore A high-ranking senator of the majority party who presides over the US Senate in the absence of the vice president.
Filibuster A person engaging in unauthorized warfare against a foreign country.
Constituents Members of a constituency.
Census An official count or survey of a population, typically recording various details of individuals
Conference Committee The committee of the United States Congress appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve disagreements on a specific bill.
Joint Session A session of the two houses of a legislature meeting together and acting as one body.
Implied Powers Powers of U.S. government which have not been explicitly granted by the Constitution but that is implied by the necessary and proper clause to be delegated for the purpose of carrying out the enumerated powers.
Minority Party A political party whose electoral strength is so small as to prevent its gaining control of a government
Lobbyist A person who takes part in an organized attempt to influence legislators.
Checks and Balances Counterbalancing influences by which an organization or system is regulated, typically those ensuring that political power is not concentrated in the hands of individuals or groups.
Interest Groups A group of people that seeks to influence public policy on the basis of a particular common interest or concern.
Cloture A procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote in a legislative assembly.
Bill Is a proposed legislation under consideration by a legislature
Expulsion The action of depriving someone of membership in an organization.
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