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bicameral

2 houses

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session of congress

establishes the time that Congress comes together conducts business

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adjourns

when congress suspends its work until the nest session

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recess

a short break within the session

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midterm elections

congressional elections held in non presidential election years

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gerrymandering

voting districts that are drawn to the advantage of the political party that controls the state legislature

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incumbents

the person running, who also currently hold the office (running for re-election)

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constituents

people that voted for you

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delegates

a person in congress who is a delegate worried about what people back home think about an issue and will vote that way

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trustee

they follow their own beliefs and worry less about what their constituents think

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partisans

do what is best for their party

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politicas

try to balance all factors to come up with the best decision

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floor consideration

to be considered upon by the full membership of the House or Senate

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oversight function

the process by which congress checks to see if the executive branch is carrying out the policies that congress has set by law

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franking

members of congress can mail letters and other materials postage-free

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president pro tem

almost always the most experienced member of the senate

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party caucus

a closed meeting of the members of each party in each house

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majority leader

floor leader from the party that holds the most seats

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minority leader

floor leader from the party that holds the least amount of seats

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whips

assist the floor leaders and act as a go-between the floor leaders and the "regular members"

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committee chairperson

members who head standing committees in each chamber

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standing committee

permanent committees n which all similar bills can be sent