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A closed meeting of the members of each party in each house.
Minimum (least) number of legislators neede for official action to begin.
A draft or proposed law.
It is voted on by either house but does not have the force of law.
Enables members to force a bill that has been in committed for 30 days onto the floor for consideration.
A one-year meeting of Congress.
A tactic to defeat a bill by preventing a final vote.
A provision attached to an important bill.
Speaker of the House
Presiding officer of the House of Representatives (lower house) elected by the majority party.
Political party with the largest number of seats in either house.
A temporary committee that studies a specific issue.
The legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives who have t power to formulate policies and approve laws.
The process by which the majority party member who has served the longest on a committee is made chairperson of that committee.
Committee that continues from one Congress to the next.
Assistant floor leaders who monitor voting, make sure legislators are present for key votes, but have no power to schedule work.
Committee made up of members from both House of Representatives and Senate.
The person who serves as President of the Senate.
The political party that holds the second largest number of congressional seats.
The Upper House in which each state has 2 representatives.
President Pro Tempore
The person elected to serve as president (presiding officer) of the Senate when the Constitutionally elected officer (the Vice President) is absent.
When the President receives a bill, he/she can:
Sign it within 10 days; veto the bill; use a pocket veto; do nothing and it will become law
Decides how and when bills reach the floor of the House.
Forces a bill that has been in committee for 30 days onto the floor for consideration.
The main way to end a filibuster.
United States Congress
House of Representatives and Senate
US Senators from Virginia
James Webb and Mark Warner
Members of the House of Representatives
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