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policy

plan of action designed to achieve a certain goal

constituents

people a member of congress represents

bill

proposed law

interest groups

groups of people who work together for similar interests or goals

lobbyists

people who represent interest groups

census

official count of the population

congressional district

area a house member represents

budget

plan for raising and spending money

speaker of the house

presiding officer in the house of representatives

president pro tempore

presides over the senate when the vice president is absent

majority party

party with more members in congress

minority party

party with fewer members in congress

floor leaders

chief officers of each party in congress

whips

assistant floor leaders

pocket veto

president keeps the bill for ten days during which time congress ends its session

filibuster

use of long speeches to prevent a vote on a bill

cloture

agreement to end the debate on a bill

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