4-1: National Legislature Overview

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delegate
A person chosen or elected to represent the will of the people who chose them
trustee
lawmakers who vote based on their conscience and judgment, not the views of their constitutents
partisans
lawmakers who owe their first allegiance to their political party and vote according to the party line
politicos
lawmakers who attempt to balance the basic elements of the trustee, delegate, and partisan roles
bill
A proposed law presented to a legislative body for consideration
oversight function
The responsibility of a legislative body to monitor and supervise the executive branch
term
The length of time a person serves in a particular office
session
A period of time during which a legislative body meets to conduct business
convene
To bring together or assemble for a meeting; to begin a new session of Congress
adjourn
To end a meeting or session of Congress
recess
a time when both houses of Congress temporarily suspend business
special session
An extraordinary meeting or session of Congress called to deal with an emergency situation
franking privilege
The right of members of Congress to send mail without postage