House of Representatives
To be a member of this part of Congress, you must be 25 years old, a citizen of the US for at least 7 years, and a resident of the state which you wish to represent.
To be a member of this part of Congress, you must be 30 years old, a citizen of the US for at least 9 years, and a resident of the state which you wish to represent.
Unlimited Debate. This idea suggests that individual members of the chamber can continuously debate a piece of legislation.
Their job is to ensure party loyalty and try to guarantee that party members with be loyal when their votes are needed for legislation.
Speaker of the House
This person is responsible for assigning committee chairs and party positions, presiding over the chamber, and scheduling legislation.
Permanent committees present in each chamber. Ex. Agriculture, Budget, Armed Services, Finance, Foreign Relations, Homeland Security, Environment, ect.
These committees are created by a resolution of the chamber that is seeking to establish the committee. They exist only until the conflict is over, then are dissolved.
Committee of the Whole
A meeting in the House where the entire membership is considered part of the committee.
House Rules Committee
"The Speaker's Committee" It controls how legislation proceeds on the floor of the House. It reviews all bills, assigns time for debate, and determines whether or not amendments are possible.
House Ways and Means Committee
Chief tax-writing committee in the House. It must approve all tax legislation.
Foreign Relations Committee
Deals with the approval of treaties, appointments of ambassadors and key officials.
A system that gives the member of the majority party with the longest uninterrupted service on a particular committee the leadership of that committee
The candidate who already holds the position and is up for reelection. They have an obvious advantage with their publicity and demonstration of effectiveness.
Members of Congress have the ability to mail information to their voters for free.
Vote trading; voting for someone else's issue in return for support on their own issue.
Pork Barrel Legislation
Spending on special projects. More and more projects get added to the bills so that passage is easier.
Congressional Research Service
The public policy research arm of the US Congress. They work for Congress researching issues and providing information. They research facts and indicate arguments for and against certain bills.
Congressional Budget Office
Provides research support to Congress. Provides economic data, and the likely potential economic effects of certain legislation on the US. They also issue budget estimates.
Government Accountability Office
It is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the US Congress. It looks into cases of misspending or misallocation of funds. It also evaluated programs to see how well they are working.
Individuals who work for a member of Congress and are hired and fired by that member.
Individuals who serve either party on congressional committees and are congressional employees.
Those who work for the Speaker, Majority and Minority Leaders, and Whips in the HOR and Senate.
Includes majority and minority party floor staff and non-partisan individuals working for groups such as the Capitol Police.
Support Agency Staff
Non-Partisan employees of the Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, and Government Accountability Office.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
1. Introduction of legislation to congress.
2. Referral of bill to the correct committee.
3. Committee and subcommittee review.
4. Review and amendment of bill.
5. Scheduling floor action for a bill.
6. Debating the bill.
7. Voting on the bill.
8. Referral to the other chamber.
9. Conference Committee Action.
10. Final action in which the bill is given to the president for passage or veto.
11. Overriding a veto.