10 terms

Congress

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bicameral legislature
Legislature with two chambers
incumbency
The continued holding of an office
conference committee
Committee appointed by the presiding officers of each chamber to adjust differences on a particular bill passed by each in different form.
divided government
One party controls the presidency while the other party controls one or both of the houses of Congress
pork
A legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
War Powers Act
Act that grants emergency executive powers to president to run war effort
pocket veto
Indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
filibuster
A tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
legislative hold
A bill can be blocked from floor consideration by the anonymous request of a single senator
cloture
A rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body