Unit 2: includes Political Parties, Voters & Voter Behavior, The Electoral Process, Mass Media & Public Opinion, Interest Groups
Terms in this set (18)
Article 1 of the Constitution
describes the legislative branch of government
A term for legislation that is introduced into either house before it becomes a law
the legislature of the United States government
Procedure that may be used to limit or end floor debate in a legislative body.
The tactic in the Senate of delaying cloture through the open debate process
To bring formal charges against a federal official.
- The House of Representatives has this sole power
- The Senate determines guilt
the branch of government that makes the laws.
A person or group that applies pressure to the policy-making process
The elected leader of the party holding a majority of the seats in the House or Senate. In the House, the majority is subordinate in the party hierarchy to the Speaker
The elected leader of the party holding less than a majority of the seats in the House or Senate
Necessary and Proper Clause
Constitutional clause that gives Congress the power to make all laws "necessary and proper" for executing its powers
Political Action Committee (PAC)
Committee formed by a special interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
President of the Senate
Vice President of the United States
The member of the Senate that presides in the absence of the president of the Senate
Speaker of the House
Leader elected by the majority party in the House
Length of time a governmental official is in office.
- 2 years (House)
- 4 years (President)
- 6 years (Senate)
- Life long (Federal Judges)
President's Constitutional power to turn down acts of Congress
- This power can be OVERRIDDEN - This is called an "overriding veto."
- Needs 2/3 of both houses of Congress.
Assistant party leader in either house that performs various tasks such as polling membership, influencing party votes