How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

26 terms

Chapter 12

STUDY
PLAY
Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the majority party who serves as the presiding officer of the House of Representatives
president of the senate
Joe Biden, the presiding officer of a senate; in Congress, the vice president of the United States; in a state's legislature, either the lieutenant governor or a senator
president pro tempore
Officer of the Senate selected by the majority party to act as chair in the absence of the vice president
party caucus
a meeting of the members of a party in a legislative chamber to select party leaders and to develop party policy. Called a conference by the republicans
floor leader
the legislator who organizes his party's strategy
whip
a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
committee chairman
Member who heads a standing committee in a legislative body
seniority rule
A legislative practice that assigns the chair of a committee or subcommittee to the member of the majority party with the longest continuous service on the committee.
standing committee
a permanent committee
select committee
a parliamentary committee appointed for some special purpose
joint committee
A committee of the House and the Senate that usually acts as a study group and reports its findings back to the House and the Senate
conference committee
committee appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber to adjust differences on a particular bill passed by each in different form.
bill
a proposed law
joint resolution
a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the chief executive (or passed over the executive's veto)
concurrent resolution
passed by both houses of Congress and is not signed by the president and is not a law
resolution
finding a solution to a problem
rider
a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
discharge petition
Petition that, if signed by majority of the House of Representatives' members, will pry a bill from committee and bring it to the floor for consideration.
subcommittee
a subset of committee members organized for a specific purpose
committee of the whole
a device in which a legislative body is considered one large committee. All members of the legislative body are members of such a committee
quorum
a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
engrossed
wholly absorbed as in thought
filibuster
a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
cloture
a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body
veto
the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)
pocket veto
indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it