Congress Scavenger Hunt

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Republican Revolution

Name given to 1994 mid-term elections (Republicans took control of both houses)

Confirmation

Process by which a presidential appointment is approved by the Senate

Committee

Typically, a congressman will serve on two or three of these while in Congress

Case-work

Activity congressmen engage in to help smooth out problems for the folks back home.

Reelection

Members of Cognress are constantly focused on this

Incumbency

This rate is over 90% for both members of both houses of Congress

Constituent

You are considered one of these in the eyes of your representatives

Lawyer

Most members of Congress held this occupation before seeking office

Lobby

Tactic used by individuals or groups seeking to influence a congressman's vote

Oversight

Congress is fulfilling this role/function when holding special investigations

Fifty-years

The sum of the age requirements to be either a Representative or a Senator

Filibuster

Privilege given way to stop legislation (Unique to Senate)

Seniority

The general practice ruled by which committee chairmen are selected

Whip

Term given to members of Congress who are responsible for getting out the vote

Term

Two sessions of a Congress makes up one of these

Rules Committee

The "traffic cop" of business in the House of Representatives

Junket

The name given to trips to other parts of the world for the purpose of some congressional inquiry

Congressional Record

The required daily log of what goes on in Congress is called this

Pork Barrel

Phrase used to describe pet projects for a congressman's state or district

Name Recognition

Expert claim a congressman must maximize this in order to get reelected.

Hopper

Proposed legislation is physically placed into this device in the House of Representatives

Frank

The privilege of free mail for members of Congress

Caucus

Mushroom and Sunbelt are examples of these informal congressional organizations

Vice President

Presiding officer of the Senate

Conference Committee

Responsible for ironing out differences between legislation passed in both houses

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