Congress

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Major Committees

Standing, Joint, Special

Majority Party

Includes all standing committees

Authorization Committee

Responsible for passing the laws that tell gov't what to do

Appropriations Committee

Committee that makes decisions about how much money the gov't will spend

Seniority

How most committee members are chosen

Revenue and Budgeting

Committees that deal with raising the money that appropriating committees spend

Committees on Committees

How the Republican committee chooses their members

Steering and Policy

How the Democrat committee chooses their members

Sub-Committees

Most of the work on a bill gets done here; aid standing committees in research, hearings, markups

Simple Majority

This is what is needed in order for a bill to be passed to the other house; 218 votes

Conference Committee

If there is a conflict btwn the House & Senate version of a bill it goes here

When a president receives a bill, he can...

Sign it into law, Veto, Pocket Veto

Pocket Veto

Congress adjourns and the President has not signed a bill within 10 days

Caucus

Informal committee; elect members by members

Delegate

A representative elected to represent the views of their constituents, even if they disagree with

Trustee

Expected to vote independently based on their own judgement

Politico

The name given to a person who is balancing both the interests of their constituency and and their own knowledge

Rider

Provision attached to a bill

Log Rolling

Mutual aid voting and trading among legislators

Discharge Committee

To pry a bill from a House standing committee with 218 votes

2/3

Both chambers must be equivalent to this in order to override a presidential veto

Gerrymandering

Illegally drawing district lines to favor a party

Speaker of the House

Most powerful role in the house; Nancy Pelosi

District 28 Rep

Berman

District 27 Rep

Sherman

Discharge Petition

Vote to pry a bill out of committee in House

Filibuster

To talk a bill to death; to prevent movement/vote on a bill in the Senate

Judiciary

Powerful standing committee in the Senate

Berman

Serves as liasion between rank in file and leadership in Congress

Hopper

The box where the bill gets dropped in the House before introduction

Redistricting

The drawing of district lines by state legislatures

Quorum

Minimum number of members needed to be present to conduct business

Ways and Means

Powerful, tax and tariff standing committee in the House

Senate Restrictions

Must be 30 years old, 9 year citizen, 6 year terms

House Restrictions

Must be 25 years old, 7 year citizen, 2 year terms

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