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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


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


can't be touched


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


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


2 Congressmen on opposite sides of an issue agree not to vote


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


having something to do with the bill

"Christmas Tree" Bill

bill that has many Riders


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

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