AP Gov Essay Test (3/15) Pt. 2
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The legislative branch does __________ of the federal bureaucracy, to make sure they are enacting policy and spending money as they are supposed it.
House Rules Committee
They determine the rules, including time limits for debating bills in the House. If they don't set rules, the bill dies.
Speaker of the House
The chief officer of the House of Representatives. Can exert influence over committee assignments, can choose the leaders of the majority party, and decide which bills get to the floor for debate.
Someone with this position in the House or Senate. They ensure that party members are present to vote, keep track of how they vote on bills, and attempt to persuade party members to vote the way leadership wants.
Within Congress, they elect leaders, approve committee assignments, and seek to build consensus on the party's legislative agenda (to a degree).
He is the technical leader of the Senate, though he cannot participate in floor debates or vote unless there is a tie.
Majority Leader, Minority Leader,
In the Senate, these two figures decide which bills the Senate will debate and vote on.
They are organized according to specific policy areas and are charged with considering legislation and providing oversight to the federal agencies under their policy areas; they do the bulk of the work of the legislative process.
They have members from both houses to oversee certain specialized areas, I.E. Library of Congress.
Meet when they are needed to reconcile differences between House and Senate bills.
Operate for a period of time for a specific investigative purpose, such as determining the possibility of government wrongdoing or conditions that affect Americans.
Unwritten rule that generally says that the longest serving member of a committee from the majority party will serve as chair until retirement. Still true, but it is also by secret ballot today.
An amendment attached to a bill, which on its own probably would not be passed, but rather than defeat the original measure opponents accept it.
Deals with an unusual or temporary circumstance and is the form in which constitutional amendments are passed.
Deals with matters affecting both houses and must be acted on by both, such as setting the date for the adjournment of Congress.
They affect only one chamber, such as a rule change. Only that chamber has to pass it.
It means that the offering of floor amendments may be limited to members of the committee or there will be no amendments at all.
It permits amendments to be offered from the floor during debate.
A stalling tactic in which senators refuse to yield the floor except to sympathizers, in order to prolong debate and defeat or drastically alter a proposed bill by wearing down the opposition.
This is when Lawmaker A agrees to support Lawmaker B if B will support A's bill when it is introduced. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
Name given to projects funded by Congress not because they are needed in a congressman's district, but because the project will help the member in his or her reelection bid.
The president derives __________ from precedents by past presidents, actions of Congress helping him, and the media as a vehicle to take a case directly to the people.
__________ on presidential power come from checks and balances, actions of Congress that don't favor the president, decisions of courts, ineffectiveness of bureaucracy, and public opinion.
An assembly of heads of government departments that act as a circle of advisors (not so much in the modern day).