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5 Matching questions

  1. Runoff primary
  2. Simple resolution
  3. Division vote
  4. Joint resolution
  5. Select committees
  1. a Congressional committees appointed for a limited time and purpose
  2. b An expression of opinion either in the House of Representatives or the Senate to settle housekeeping or procedural matters in either body. Such expressions are not signed by the president and do not have the force of law.
  3. c a second primary election held in some states when no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the first primary; the runoff is between the two candidates with the most votes. Runoff primaries are common in the South.
  4. d a formal expression of congressional opinion that must be approved by both houses of Congress and by the president. Joint resolutions proposing a constitutional amendment need not be signed by the president.
  5. e A congressional voting procedure in which members stand and are counted.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Setting aside a bill against which one or more senators are filibustering so that other legislation can be voted on.
  2. the legislative leader elected by party members holding a minority of seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate.
  3. permanently established legislative committees that consider and are responsible for legislation within certain subject areas. Examples are the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  4. Amendments on matters unrelated to a bill that are added to an important bill so that they will "ride" to passage through Congress. When a bill has lots of riders, it is called a Christmas-tree bill
  5. the legislative leader elected by party members holding the majority of seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate (alternate name).

5 True/False questions

  1. FilibusterAn attempt to defeat a bill in the Senate by talking indefinitely, thus preventing the Senate from taking action on it. From the Spanish filibustero, which means a "Freebooter," a military adventurer.


  2. Cloture resolutionA rule used by the Senate to end or limit debate. Designed to prevent "talking a bill to death" by filibuster. To pass in the Senate, three-fifths of the entire Senate membership (or sixty senators) must vote for it.


  3. Party voteA congressional voting procedure in which members shout "aye" in approval or "no" in disapproval; allows members to vote quickly or anonymously on bills


  4. Restrictive rulean order from the House Rules Committee in the House of Representatives that sets a time limit on debate and forbids a particular bill from being amended on the legislative floor.


  5. Bicameral legislaturea lawmaking body made up of two chambers or parts. The U.S. Congress is a bicameral legislature composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives.