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Politics of the United States
AP Gov Chapter 12 Vocabulary
Terms in this set (29)
Those already holding office.
Activities of congressmen that help constituents as individuals.
List of federal projects, grants, and contracts available to use in a congressional district.
Legislature divided into two houses.
House Rules Committee
Institution in House of Representatives that reviews all bills before they go to the full House of Representatives.
Action that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures.
Speaker of the House
Office mandated by the Constitution; from majority party, has informal powers, and succeeds the president if the vice president is unable.
Principal partisan ally of the Speaker of the House or Senate
Party leaders who work with majority/minority leaders
Principal leader of minority party and partisan ally of the Speaker of the House or Senate.
Committees in Congress that handles bills in different policy areas.
Committees on a few subject-matter areas with membership drawn from both houses.
Committees formed when House of Representatives and Senate pass bills in different forms; they then talk and make one bill.
Committees appointed for a specific purpose.
Congress monitoring of the bureaucracy and its administration of policy.
Most important influences of the agenda.
Rule for picking committee chairs; example: whoever controlled Congress the longest.
Group of Congressman sharing some interest or characteristic.
Proposed law drafted in precise, legal language.
Amendments cannot be added to a bill.
A rule that limits or ends debate in a deliberative body.
Covers matters needing the action of House or Senate; but doesn't need a law.
Petition that pries bills from committees to bring to the floor for consideration.
Resolution passed by both houses of Congress and becomes legally binding when signed by chief executive.
Order from House Rules Committee that permits certain revisions.
A bill revised line by line.
Provisions added to piece of legislation that is not relevant to the bill's purpose.
Decides questions of policy.
Ability of a congressman to use free postage in campaigns for re-election.
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