Flashcards in Congress Deck (22)
redraw congressional districts for political representation
reflect constituents opinions
use own conscience to vote
free use of mail by incumbent congress
what % of incumbents are reelected?
speaker of house functions
controls committee chairs, sets order of business for the house
majority floor leader elected by?
VP is also president of what?
president pro tempore
honorary position given to senator of majority party based on longest continuous service
does senate have majority and minority leaders?
permanent! determine if legislation should be proposed to entire house or senate
house has 19, senate has 16
armed services, foreign relations
select committee (special committee)
do they propose legislation?
temporary, examine specific issues
no, they issue reports
deal w/ legislation passed by both houses of congress. function is to iron out differences in both bill, and then is voted on by house and senate
members from both houses, focus on general congress concerns
what bills must originate in the house?
tax and revenue bills
bill debate in house
each rep has 5 minutes
bill debate in senate
can take as long as they want
petition to end filibuster
allowed by rules committee in house
riders (anything) are allowed in senate
pork barrel legislation
bills designed to benefit congressional districts through fed funds
legislators vote for other bills that don't effect their constituency