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Congress Scavenger Hunt

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Republican Revolution
Name given to 1994 mid-term elections (Republicans took control of both houses)
Confirmation
Process by which a presidential appointment is approved by the Senate
Committee
Typically, a congressman will serve on two or three of these while in Congress
Case-work
Activity congressmen engage in to help smooth out problems for the folks back home.
Reelection
Members of Cognress are constantly focused on this
Incumbency
This rate is over 90% for both members of both houses of Congress
Constituent
You are considered one of these in the eyes of your representatives
Lawyer
Most members of Congress held this occupation before seeking office
Lobby
Tactic used by individuals or groups seeking to influence a congressman's vote
Oversight
Congress is fulfilling this role/function when holding special investigations
Fifty-years
The sum of the age requirements to be either a Representative or a Senator
Filibuster
Privilege given way to stop legislation (Unique to Senate)
Seniority
The general practice ruled by which committee chairmen are selected
Whip
Term given to members of Congress who are responsible for getting out the vote
Term
Two sessions of a Congress makes up one of these
Rules Committee
The "traffic cop" of business in the House of Representatives
Junket
The name given to trips to other parts of the world for the purpose of some congressional inquiry
Congressional Record
The required daily log of what goes on in Congress is called this
Pork Barrel
Phrase used to describe pet projects for a congressman's state or district
Name Recognition
Expert claim a congressman must maximize this in order to get reelected.
Hopper
Proposed legislation is physically placed into this device in the House of Representatives
Frank
The privilege of free mail for members of Congress
Caucus
Mushroom and Sunbelt are examples of these informal congressional organizations
Vice President
Presiding officer of the Senate
Conference Committee
Responsible for ironing out differences between legislation passed in both houses