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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Vocabulary Flashcards

TermDefinition
Article 1 Section of the U.S. Constitution which gives the Legislative Branch (Congress) its powers and limits.
Bill A proposed law presented to a legislative body for consideration.
Elastic Clause Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which allows Congress to make all laws that are "necessary and proper" to carry out the powers of the Constitution.
Expressed Powers (Also known as Enumerated Power) Powers directly stated in the constitution.
Impeach To formally charge a public official with misconduct in office.
Implied Power Power not specifically mentioned in the constitution.
Legislate To make a law about something.
Majority Party The party that holds the majority of (most) legislative seats in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.
Pocket Veto The president's power to kill a bill, if Congress is not in session, by not signing it for 10 days.
President Pro Tempore Officer of the Senate selected by the majority party to act as chair in the absence of the vice president.
Speaker of the House The leader of the majority party who serves as the presiding officer of the House of Representatives.
Succession A series of things or people coming one after another. Example: The President pro Tempore will be the next person in line to act as chair in the absence of the vice president.
Veto The chief executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature.
Writ of Certiorari Order by the Supreme Court directing a lower court to send up the records of a case for review.
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