10 terms

How a bill becomes a law - terms defined (2014-2015)

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Hearing
A session at which a committee listens to testimony from people interested in the bill
Veto
Rejection of a bill
Pocket veto
When a president kills a bill passed during the last ten days Congress is in session simply by refusing to act on it
bill
A proposed law presented to a legislative body for consideration
quorum
minimum number of members who must be present at a meeting to take official action
fillibuster
the use of long speeches to prevent the vote on a bill
cloture
A procedure for terminating debate, especially filibusters, in the Senate. It allows each senator to speak for only one hour on a bill under debate.
constituents
people a member of Congress represents
calendars
schedules that list the order in which bills will be considered on the floor of the House or the Senate
caucus
a closed meeting