Create an account
the assigning by Congress of congressional seats after each census; State legislatures reapportion state legislative districts
An elected office that is predictably won by one party or the other, so the success of that party's candidate is almost taken for granted
redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines following the census, to accomodate population shift, and keep district equal
Special spending projects that are set aside on behalf of individual members of Congress for their constituents
Speaker of the House
the presiding officer in the House of Rep., formally elected by the House but actuallly selected by the majority party
A meeting of the members of a party in a legislative chamber to select party leaders and to develop party policy; called a conference by Republicians
legislative leader selected by the majority party who helps plan party strategy, confers with other party leaders and tries to keep members in line
legislative leader selected by the minority party as spokesperson for the opposition
party leader who is the liaison between the leadership and the rank and file in the legislature
procedural rule in the House of Rep. that permits floor amendments within the overal time allocated to the bill
A procedural practice in the Senate whereby a Senator temporarily blocks the consideration of a bill or nomination
procedural practice in the Senate whereby a senator refuses to relinquish the floor and thereby delays proceedings and prevents a vote on a controversial issue
composed of members of the House of Rep. and the Senate; oversee the Library of Congress and conduct investigations
Special or Select Committee
A congressional committee created for a specific purpose; sometimes to conduct an investigation
Standing Committee (examples)
House-Agriculture, Armed Services, Budget, Education
Senate-Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
make decisions about how much money government will spend on its programs and operations
Rules and Administration Committee
in both chambers; determines the basic operations of their chamber
legislative practice that assigns the chair of a committee or subcommittee to the member of the majority party with the longest continuous service on the committee
Appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber to adjust differences on a particular bill passed by each in different form
an official who is expected to represent the views of his or her constituents even when personally holding different views; one interpretation of rule of a legislator
official who is expected to vote independently based on his or her judgement of the circumstances; one interpretation of the role of a legislator
Peition if signed by a majority of the members of the House of the Rep. will pry a bill from committee and bring it to the floor for consideration
provision attached to a bill- to which it may or may not be related - in order to secure its passage or defeat
veto exercised by the president after Congress has adjorned; if president takes no action for ten days, the bill does not become law and is not returned to COngress for a possible override
amount needed for an amendment to go to the states; number of votes needed to override a veto; of a vote in House to impeach
Watching congressional debates on C-SPAM will not influence this group, but emails, letters and calls will.
the common citizen
This document says the House has to be apportioned by population
The Constitution; The apportioned must be done by Congress
If Congress is in session and the President does not sign the bill what happens to it?
it automatically passes and becomes a law
What advantage does incumbents have over their challenger>
they already have been elected; recognition of the name, experience, easily raise money, greater access to media
Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.
Having trouble? Click here for help.
We can’t access your microphone!
Click the icon above to update your browser permissions and try again
Reload the page to try again!Reload
Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom
Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom
It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.
Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.
For more help, see our troubleshooting page.
Your microphone is muted
For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.
Star this term
You can study starred terms together