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the legislature of the United States government

bicameral legislature

two-house legislature

House of Representatives

the lower legislative house of the United States Congress


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


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.


a statute in draft before it becomes law


a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

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