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  1. seniority ruleBills are introduced by an individual senator

          

  2. Single-member districtA temporary committee formed to study one specific issue and report its findings to the Senate of the House

          

  3. reapportionmentRedistribute the seats in the House

          

  4. Judicial branchenforces the laws---president

          

  5. SessionThe period of time during which each year congress assembles and conduct business

          

  6. Senatehas unlimited debate time

          

  7. standing committeeA temporary committee formed to study one specific issue and report its findings to the Senate of the House

          

  8. ConstituenciesBelieve that each question should be decided on its merits

          

  9. PoliticosOwe their first allegiance to their political party

          

  10. concurrent resolutionsa statement of positions on an issue; adopted by the House and Senate acting jointly; does not have the force of law; does not require the president's signature

          

  11. Standing CommitteeA temporary committee formed to study one specific issue and report its findings to the Senate of the House

          

  12. president of the SenateServes as president of the Senate in the V.P.'s absence

          

  13. GerrymanderedDrawn to the advantage of the political party that controls the state's legislature. State Leg. typically use its powers when controlling the lines.

          

  14. filibusterAn attempt to defeat a bill in the Senate by talking indefinitely, thus preventing the senate from taking a vote.

          

  15. PartisansAttempt to combine trustee, delegate, and partisan roles

          

  16. Franking privilegepermanent Congressional committee

          

  17. Proroguethe minimum number of members who must be present for business

          

  18. pocket vetopresident's power to kill a bill, if Congress is not in session, by not signing it for 10 days

          

  19. Senatehas unlimited debate time

          

  20. billsProposed laws

          

  21. 17th amendmentdirect election of senators

          

  22. Oversight functionCongressional elections that occur between presidential elections

          

  23. TrusteesBelieve that each question should be decided on its merits

          

  24. joint resolutionA proposal for action that has the force of law when passed; usually deals with special circumstances or temporary matters

          

  25. At-largeSuspends until the next session

          

  26. quorum2 years in congress after which new congressmen are elected

          

  27. The Senate30yrs old, 100 members-2 from each state, contentious body, term 6yrs and can serve out as many as they are elected to, 9 years as a citizen, and an inhabitant of the state they want to represent

          

  28. Speaker of the HouseGiven 1 hour of time in order debate a bill

          

  29. TermUnpopular provision added to an important bill certain to pass so that it will "ride" through the legislative process

          

  30. Whipthe person who determines how many votes can be counted on when the Senates Republican caucus wants party members to vote for a bill.

          

  31. AdjournsSuspends until the next session

          

  32. Off year electionsa device by which any member of the House, after a committee has had the bill for thirty days, may petition to have it brought to the floor

          

  33. legislative Branchmakes the law--Congress

          

  34. president pro temporeServes as president of the Senate in the V.P.'s absence

          

  35. Continuous bodyPeople and interests the senators represent

          

  36. HouseMembers of the house introduce their bills

          

  37. clotureMembers of the house introduce their bills

          

  38. The HouseGiven 1 hour of time in order debate a bill

          

  39. Apportionedoccurs after each decennial census

          

  40. select committeedivision of existing committee formed to address specific issues

          

  41. riderUnpopular provision added to an important bill certain to pass so that it will "ride" through the legislative process

          

  42. ReapportionRedistribute the seats in the House

          

  43. subcommitteepermanent Congressional committee

          

  44. Discharge petitiona device by which any member of the House, after a committee has had the bill for thirty days, may petition to have it brought to the floor

          

  45. Speaker of the HouseBelongs to the House of Representatives

          

  46. executive branchmakes the law--Congress

          

  47. President Pro TemServes as president of the Senate in the V.P.'s absence

          

  48. The PresidentGiven 1 hour of time in order debate a bill

          

  49. conference committeeA temporary committee formed to study one specific issue and report its findings to the Senate of the House

          

  50. resolutionA measure relating to the business of either house or expressing an opinion; doe not have the force of law and does not require the President's signature.

          

  51. House of Representatives25yrs old, 435 members based on population, term is 2 years and can serve as many as they are elected to, citizen for at least 7 yrs and an inhabitant of the state the are wanting to represent

          

  52. Special sessionA meeting of congress to deal with some emergency situation