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American Government Unit 6

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Union Calendar
House decides when bill gets passed
all appropriation bills go here
House Calendar
House decides when bill gets passed
all public bills go here
Private Calendar
House decides when bill gets passed
all private bills go here
Cloture
way to end a filibuster, need 16 Senators to sign petition to bring it to a vote, 60 Senators required for vote win, if happens, each Senator can talk for one hour each
Immunity
can't be touched
Lobbyist
someone who works for a special interest group to convince/encourage Congressmen to do things in best interest of group hired by, most effective technique is personal contact
Pigeon Voting
to kill a bill
Pocket Veto
Pres does nothing with the bill when sent to him, the Houses don't stay in session, killing the bill
Private Bill
affect a single person or group
Appropriations Bill
raising or sepnding of money
Discharge Petition
bill has to be in House Proper Committee for 30 days, and get a majority of 218 signatures in order for it to pass through
Executive Session/Markups
committee has closed door meetings to finalize the version of the bill, during Committee Hearing
Quorum Call
delaying tactic
Rider
only in Senate, amendment added to a bill that has nothing to do with the bill (introduce one after the next), delay tactic
Rules Committee
in House, acts as a traffic cop, decides when the bill gets passed/pigeon holed and under what conditions
Concurrent Resolution
passed by both Houses, not sent to Pres
Open Rules
condition decided by Rules Committee, allow for debate or amendments
Closed Rules
condition decided by Rules Committee, severely restrict or cut off debate or amendments
Waiving Points of Order
condition decided by Rules Committee, cannot kill a bill on a technicality
Line Item Veto
Pres cannot veto parts of the bill
Pairing
2 Congressmen on opposite sides of an issue agree not to vote
Bill
proposed new law, anyone can write it but only a Congressman can present it
Strom Thurmond
1957, spoke the longest ever in the Senate, 24 hours and 13 min
Germane
having something to do with the bill
"Christmas Tree" Bill
bill that has many Riders
Resolution
statement of opinion passed by legislative body
Joint Resolution
passed by both House ans Senate, if signed by Pres, has force of law
Simple Resolution
passed by either House or Senate
Public Bill
affect country as a whole
Arranging a Conference
condition decided by Rules Committee, send to floor, vote