5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- Bicameral legislature
- Cloture resolution
- a An 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.
- b a national legislature composed of elected representatives who choose the chief executive (typically, the prime minister).
- c A 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.
- d a 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.
- e the presiding officer of the House of Representatives and the leader of his party in the House.
5 Multiple choice questions
- committees on which both representatives and senators serve. An especially important kind of joint committee is the conference committee made up of representatives and senators appointed to resolve differences in the Senate and House versions of the same piece of legislation before final passage.
- a national legislature composed of elected representatives who do not choose the chief executive (typically, a president),
- the legislative leader elected by party members holding the majority of seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate (alternate name).
- the ability of members of Congress to mail letters to their constituents free of charge by substituting their facsimile signature (frank) for postage.
- A congressional voting procedure in which members stand and are counted.
5 True/False questions
Veto → Literally, "I forbid." It refers to the power of a president to disapprove a bill; it may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress.
Riders → Literally, "I forbid." It refers to the power of a president to disapprove a bill; it may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress.
Restrictive rule → an 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.
Joint resolution → 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.
Whip → a senator or representative who helps the party leader stay informed about what party members are thinking, rounds up members when important votes are to be taken, and attempts to keep a nose count on how the voting on controversial issues is likely to go.