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1

gerrymander

redraw congressional districts for political representation

2

delegates

reflect constituents opinions

3

trustees

ex.

use own conscience to vote

john adams

4

franking priviledge

free use of mail by incumbent congress

5

what % of incumbents are reelected?

90%

6

speaker of house functions

controls committee chairs, sets order of business for the house

7

majority floor leader elected by?

caucas

8

VP is also president of what?

senate

9

president pro tempore

honorary position given to senator of majority party based on longest continuous service

10

does senate have majority and minority leaders?

yes

11

standing committee

examples:

permanent! determine if legislation should be proposed to entire house or senate

house has 19, senate has 16

armed services, foreign relations

12

select committee (special committee)

do they propose legislation?

temporary, examine specific issues

no, they issue reports

13

conference committee

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

14

joint committees

members from both houses, focus on general congress concerns

15

what bills must originate in the house?

tax and revenue bills

16

bill debate in house

each rep has 5 minutes

17

bill debate in senate

can take as long as they want

18

cloture:

petition to end filibuster

19

amendments:

allowed by rules committee in house
riders (anything) are allowed in senate

20

pork barrel legislation

bills designed to benefit congressional districts through fed funds

21

logrolling

legislators vote for other bills that don't effect their constituency

22

pocket veto

an indirect veto of a legislative bill by the president or a governor by retaining the bill unsigned until it is too late for it to be dealt with during the legislative session.