A resolution used to settle housekeeping and procedural matters that affect both houses but not having the force of law.
A method of voting used in both houses in which members vote by shouting yea or nay.
A procedure to keep the Senate going during a filibuster; the disputed bill is shelved temporarily.
A special type of joint committee appointed to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions of a piece of legislation.
pork barrel legislation
A bill that has many riders.
A calling of the role in either house of Congress to determine whether the number of members in attendance meets the minimum number required to conduct official business.
Legislation that specifies the conditions and order of succession to the presidency and vice presidency when the president leaves office before completion of his term.
White House Office
Presidential staff who oversee the policy interests of the president.
Office of Management and Budget
The organization responsible for preparing the federal budget and for central clearance of legislative proposals from federal agencies.
impoundment of funds
A presidential refusal to spend money appropriated by Congress.
The power of some governors (and the president in a limited way between 1996 and 1998) to veto portions of a bill instead of having to veto the entire bill.
A legal system by which states select electors who then vote for the president and vice president.
A statement that defines the constitutional powers of the president.
A government in which one party controls the White House and another party controls one or both houses of Congress.
A politician who is still in office after having lost a reelection bid.