A legislative assembly composed of two separte houses
A device by which any member of the House, after a committee has had a bill for thirty days, may petition to have it brought to the floor. If a majority of members agree, the bill is discharged for the committee.
joint committe appointed to resolve differences in House and Senate version of the same bill
committee on which both representatices and senators serve
the legislative leader elected by party members holding a majority of seats in the House of the Senate
the legislative leader elected by praty members holding a minority of seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate
permanently established legislative committees that consider and are responsible for legislation within a certain subject area
congressional monitoring of the activities of executive branch agencies to determine if the laws are being faithfully executed
effective veto of a bill when congress adjourns within ten days of passing it and the president fails to sign it
Prolonged speech, or series of speeches, made to delay action in a legislative assembly. The Senate is the only body that can do this.
A senator or representative that helps the party leader stay informed about what party members are thinking. He or she has several other senators to assist them.
Permanent committees that consider and are responsible for legislation within a certain subject area.
A propossed law
the political party in each house of Congress with the most members
party with fewer members in Congress
Speaker of House
the leader of the majority party who serves as the presiding officer of the House of Representatives
a vote that blocks a decision
War Power Act
passed by Congress in 1973; the president is limited in the deployment of troops overseas to an sixty day period in peacetime (which can be extended an extra 30 days to permit withdrawals) unless Congress explicitly gives its approval for a longer period.
Governance divided between the parties, as when one holds the presidency and the other controls one or both houses of Congress., Governance divided between the parties, as when one holds the presidency and the other controls one or both houses of Congress.
a process whereby Congress can nullify agency regulations by a joint resolution of legislative disapproval.