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A Congress that has two parts, or houses, is referred to as a ___.

bicameral legislature

Which constitutional amendment called for the direct election of senators by the voters of the state?

Seventeenth Amendment

The lawmaking branch of government:

Legislative branch

Equal representation:

equal votes per state

Interstate commerce:

the buying and selling of goods across state lines

Implied powers:

the powers intended to be given by the Constitution to Congress, but not stated

Only the ___ has the power to impeach federal officials.
Only the ___ can introduce legislation into Congress that raises revenue.

House of Representatives

Only the ___ can approve treaties.
Only the ___ can approve federal court judges.
Only the ___ can remove an impeached federal official.

Senate

Impeach:

to bring charges against a federal official for wrongdoing

Congressional District:

the geographical area and its people represented by a member of the House of Representatives

National census:

the effort to count the number of people in the United States and detertmine where they live

Constituency:

the people represented by an elected official

Majority political party:

the political party with the most members in a house of Congress

Speaker of the House:

supervises the House of Representatives

Majority floor leader:

the leader chosen by senators of the majority polictical party to schedule proposed legislation

Caucus:

a meeting of the House of Representative party members

Whips:

the leaders in Congress who round up fellow legislators to vote in important bills

The minimum age for a senator is ___ years old.

30

The minimum age for a representative of the House of Representatives is ___ years old.

25

The term of a senator is ___ years.

6

Ther term of a representative is ___ years.

2

A candidate for the Senate must have lived in the United States for ___ years before running for office.

9

The legislator who introduces a bill is referred to as the bill's ___.

sponsor

Bill:

proposed legislation

Hopper:

the box on the House clerk's desk that hold newly proposed legislation (bills)

Session:

the time, each year, from January through fall when Congress meets

Rules Committee:

a standing committee in the House of Representative responsible for the legislative process

Filibuster:

a tactic that allows a senator to speak for a long time to kill interest in a bill

Veto:

Presidential rejection of legislation passed by both chambers of Congress

Joint committee:

a temporary committee composed of members from the Senate and the House of Representatives

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