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Chapter 9 Civics

Congress
STUDY
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constituents
all the people in a representatives district
joint session
when both House of Representatives and Senate meet together
gerrymandering
Dividing a state into odd-shaped districts for political reasons
expulsion
when a member of congress acts dishonestly, he or she is forced to leave
select committee
a temporary committee formed to deal with issues that need special attention
joint committee
a committee that includes member of both houses
conference committee
a joint committee that meets to help House and Senate members agree on the details of a proposed law
standing committee
a permanent committee that specializes in a particular topic
expressed powers
powers of Congress listed in Article I of the Constitution
impeach
accuse an official of wrongdoing
appropriations
funds for specific uses
roll-call vote
when each member's vote is a matter of public record
filibuster
when one or more senators kill a bill by talking until the bill's sponsor withdraws it
cloture
limits a senator to debate for no more then one hour
pigeonhole
when a bill is set aside without considering it