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Congress Gopo

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Appropriation money that congress has allocated to be spent
Appropriations Committee congressional committee that deals with federal spending
Bureaucracy departments, agencies, bureaus, and commissions in the executive branch of government.
Casework personal work done by a ember of congress for his constituents.
Close Rule rules committee rule that bans amendments to a bill.
Cloture Senate motion to end a filibuster that requires a 3/5 vote
Conference Committee works out a compromise between differing house-senate versios of the bill.
Constituents the people who are represented by elected officials.
Discharge petition a motion to force a bill to the House floor that has been bottled up in committee.
Filibuster nonstop senate debate that prevents a bill from coming to a vote.
Finance Committee senate committee that handles tax bills.
Franking privilege allows members of congress to send mail postage free
Gerrymandering redrawing district lines to favor one party at the expense of other.
Hold Senate maneuver that allows a Senator to stop or delay consideration of a bill or a presidential appointment.
Impeachment House action that formally charges an official with wrongdoing. conviction requires 2/3 vote from the Senate.
Legislative Oversight ongoing process of congressional monitoring of the executive branch to ensure that the letter complies with the law.
Legislative Veto process in which congress overturned rules and regulations proposed by executive branch agencies. struck down in 1938.
Logrolling when two members of Congress agree to vote for each other's bill.
Seniority system tradition in which the Senator from the majority party with the most years of service on a committee becomes the chairman of that committee.
Standing Committees the permanent congressional committees that handle legislation.
Sunset Laws laws that automatically expire after a given time.
Ways and Means Committee House committee that handles tax bills.
Mark up committee action to amend a proposed bill
Merit System system of hiring federal workers based upon competitive exams
Open Rule House Rules Committee rule that allows amendments to a bill.
Pork Barrel wasteful congressional spending, e.g. funding for a Lawrence Welk museum in North Dakota.
Quorum minimum numbers of members needed for the House or Senate to meet.
Reappointment reallocation of the House seats to the states on the basis of the changes in state populations, as determined by the census.
Redistricting redrawing of congressional district boundaries by the party in the state legislature.
Red Tape complex rules and procedure required by bureaucratic agencies.
Rider amendment to a bill that has little to do with that bill. AKA nongermane amendment.
Rules Committee the " traffic cop" of the House that sets the legislative calendar and issues rules for debate on a bill.
Senatorial Courtesy tradition in which the president consults with the senators within a state in which an appointment is to be made.
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