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POLI Exam 2 Congress

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incumbency
status of already holding office, strongly influences a candidate's ability to raise money and is probably the most important single factor in determining success in a congressional campaign; they have stronger name recognition, easier access to media coverage, franking (sending free mail), campaign contributions, and casework.
reapportionment
reallocation of seats in the House of Representatives on the basis of changes in a state's population since the last census, gaining or losing seats in the House.
redistricting
redrawing of congressional district boundaries within a state, based on the reapportionment of from the census.
gerrymandering
practice of drawing legislative district boundaries to benefit an incumbent, a political party, or some other group.
majority-minority district
composed of a majority of a given minority community and the creator's intent is likely that a member of that minority will be elected to Congress
trustee model
model of representation where a member of the House or the Senate is articulating and voting for the position that best reflects constituents' views.
instructed delegate model
model of representation with the idea that a legislator, as a representative of his or her constituents, should vote in keeping with the constituents' views even if they are against the legislator's personal views.
pork barrel
legislators' appropriations of funds for special projects located within their congressional district
earmarks
designation within a spending bill that provides for a specific expenditure
casework
involves providing representation in the form of personal aid to a constituent or group of constituents.
ombudsperson
an elected or appointed representative who acts as a citizens' advocate by listening to their needs and investigating their complaints with respect to a particular government agency.
oversight
process by which Congress "checks" the executive branch to ensure that the laws Congress passes are being administered in keeping with legislators' intentions.
agenda setting
determining which public policy issues the federal legislature should consider,
hopper
a wooden box that sits on a desk at the front of the House chamber, drafts of bills are placed here.
joint referral
the practice of referring the bill simultaneously to two different House committees for consideration, abolished
lead committee
the primary committee considering a bill
seniority system
member with the longest continuous tenure on a standing committee receives preferences when the committee chooses its chair, used for the selection of committee chairs
standing committees
permanent committees with a defined legislative jurisdiction,
select committees
specially created to consider a specific policy issue or to address a particular concern
joint committees
bicameral committees composed of members of both cambers of Congress.
subcommittees
typically handle specific areas of the committees' jurisdiction.
angency reviews
the committee or subcommittee asks the executive agencies that would administer the law for written comments on the measure
hearing
gather information and views from experts, interest groups, concerned citizens.
markup
suggested language changes and amendments, sometimes may eliminate a component of the proposal or amend the proposal.
report
explains the bill's intent, it could be considered by the full chamber
discharge petition
used to extract a bill from a committee in order to have it considered by the entire House.
Rules Committee
one of the most important committees in the House, decides on the length of debate and scope of amendments allowed on a bill.
unanimous consent agreements
every senator needs to agree on the terms of debate.
filibuster
procedural move that attempts to halt the passage of the bill
cloture
super-majority of 60 senators, end a filibuster
conference committee
bills that are passed through the House and Senate but there are differences are sent here, bicameral, bipartisan committee composed of legislators whose job is to reconcile the two versions of the bill
pocket veto
congress has adjourned and the president waits ten days wihtout signing the bill;
Speaker of the House
serves as the presiding officer and manager of the House.
House majority leader
helps develop and implement the majority party's legislative strategy, work with the minority party legislators.
majority whip
assists the Speaker and House majority leader, acts as a go-between with the leadership and the party members in the House.
president pro tempore
chair the Senate in the Vice President's absence.
Senate majority leader
job to manage the legislative process so that favored bills are passed; to schedule debate on legislation in consultation with his or her counterpart in the minority party.