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the assigning by Congress of congressional seats after a census
the redrawing of congressional districts following the census, to accommodate population shifts and keep districts equal
safe seat
an elected office that predictably won by a specific party, so success of candidate is taken for granted
President Pro Tempore
Daniel Inouye
senate majority leader
Harry Reid
senate majority whip
Richard Durbin
senate minority leader
Mitch McConnell
senate minority whip
John Kyl
speaker of the house
John Boehner
house majority leader
Eric Cantor
house majority whip
Kevin McCarthy
house minority leader
nancy pelosi
house minority whip
Steny Hoyer
party caucus
a meeting of the members of a party in a chamber to select party leaders and develop party policies
closed rule
rule in house that prohibits any amendments to bills unless done by committee reporting on the bill
open rule
rule in house that permits floor amendments so long as it remains withing the allocated time for the bill
delay strategy used by senators
procedure for terminating debate (especially filibusters)
cloture rule
rule 22 when 16 member petition to move for cloture is passed the matter under debate is rejected
double tracking
disputed bill is put on hold
government handling and paying for your stuff
minimum number of members who must be present in order to business to be conducted
division vote
voting procedure where members stand are counted
voice vote
voting procedure where members shout "yay" or "nay"
teller vote
voting procedure in which members pass between two tellers. yay first then nay
House Rules Committee
sets the rules of considerations
process whereby a bill may be referred to several committees
pork barrel spending
legislation that gives benefits to folks back home
committee system
system developed by Congress to divide workload and make it more manageable
senatorial courtesy
Presidential custom of submitting the names of perspective appointees for approval to senators from the appointees state
standing committee
permanent committee, focusing on a policy area
select committee
committee created for specific purpose
joint committee
committee composed of members of both chambers
seniority rule
practice that assigns the chair of a committee or subcommittee to the member of the majority party with longest service
conference committee
committee appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber to adjust differences on a particular bill
mutual aid and vote trading among legislators
discharge petition
petition that if signed by majority of house members will pry a bill from committee and bring it to floor
pocket veto
veto exercised by the president after Congress has adjourned. if no action is taken for ten days then bill does not become law and returns to Congress
Kentucky 1st district
Ed Whitfield (R)
Kentucky 2nd district
Brett Guthrie (R)
KY 3rd district
John Yarmuth (D)
KY 4th district
Geoff Davis (R)
KY 5th district
Hal Rogers (R)