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1

minimum age to be elected to the House

25 years old

2

presiding officer in the House

Speaker of the House

3

presiding officer in the Senate

Vice President

4

term for when lawmakers make agreements to support each other's bills

logrolling

5

term is referred to when Congress passes laws to appropriate money for local federal projects

pork barrel legislation

6

It is in ______ where lawmakers work out compromises, and decide which bills will or will not have a chance to become a law. Most bills never get beyond this stage.

committees

7

cabinet department that develops conservation programs and provides financial credit to farmers

Department of Agriculture

8

who decides how involved the cabinet is in policy making?

President

9

a message requiring the President to periodically give Congress info and recommend any measures believed to be necessary and expedient

State of the Union address

10

term used when president refuses to allow a federal department to spend money Congress has apportioned

impoundment

11

the right of the president to refuse to testify before and give info to Congress is called _____ ______

executive privilege

12

how are cabinet members chosen? (2 parts)

- President appoints
- Senate approves

13

What is the National Security Council in charge of?

helps president with foreign policy

14

Pendleton Act

limited the spoils system and created civil service system

15

Most powerful committee in the House

House Rules Committee

16

What was found unconstitutional because it gave legislative powers to the president?

line item veto

17

Who controls the amount of access cabinet secretaries have to the president? (besides the president)

President's Chief of Staff

18

term is referred to when the president may kill a bill passed during the last 10 days Congress is in session by refusing to act on it

pocket veto

19

because of the electoral college system, what types of states do presidential candidates tend to focus most of their time on?

swing states

20

agencies, congressional committees, and client groups working together

iron triangle