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Chapter 5 Congress Vocab

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Congress
the legislature of the United States government
bicameral legislature
two-house legislature
House of Representatives
the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
Senate
assembly possessing high legislative powers
Committee System
The division of the legislative workload among several congressional bodies assigned specific issues
Conference Committee
committee appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber to adjust differences on a particular bill passed by each in different form.
Select Committee
a parliamentary committee appointed for some special purpose
Standing Committee
A permanent committee established in a legislature, usually focusing on a policy area
Joint Committees
committees on which both senators and representatives serve
Speaker of the House
the leader of the majority party who serves as the presiding officer of the House of Representatives
Majority Leader
the Speaker's top assistant whose job is to help plan the majority party's legislative program and to steer important bills through the House
Minority Leader
the legislative leader elected by party members holding a minority of seats in the House or the Senate
Whips
Party leaders who work with the majority leader or minority leader to count votes beforehand and lean on waverers whose votes are crucial to a bill favored by the party.
Bill
a statute in draft before it becomes law
filibuster
a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes