individuals who already hold office
helping constituents as individuals- give people what they think they have a right to get
mighty list of federal projects, grants, and contracts available to cities, businesses, colleges, and institutions.
a legislature divided into two houses
House Rules Committee
Reviews most bills coming from a house committee before they go to the full house
Opponents of a piece of legislation try to talk it to death
Speaker of the House
Chief among leadership positions in the house of Representation. Only legislative office mandated by the constitution
-rounding up votes on behalf of the parties positions on legislation.
-Counting votes before they're cast
-Leaning on waverers who votes are crucial
-Report views and complaints of the party rank and file back to the leadership
The principal leader of the minory party in the House Of Representation or in the Senate
Formed to handle bills in different policy areas. Separate subject committees in each house of Congress that handle bills in different policy areas
Committees on a few subject matter areas with membership drawn from both houses
Formed when the Senate and the house pass a particular bill in different forms
Appointed for a specific purpose
Congress' monitoring of the bureaucracy and its administration of policy performed mainly through hearings
Scheduling hearings, hiring staff, appointing subcommittees and managing committee bills brought before the house
The members who have served the longest
A group of members of Congress sharing some interest or characteristic. Most composed of members from both parties and from both houses
Propose law, drafted in precise legal language. Any one can draft it but only a member of the House of Representation or Senate can formal submit for consideration.