AP Government & Politics : Congressional Vocabulary

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Congressional Vocabulary!


 
  
Created Dec 7, 2011
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Adjourn
 
To suspend until a later stated time or place.
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Apportion
 
To divide and allocate.
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Appropriate
 
To devote money or assets for a specific purpose.
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Censure
 
A process by which a formal reprimand is issued to an individual by an authoritative body.
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Cloture
 
A motion or process aimed at bringing debate to a quick end.
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Committee chairman
 
Most important influencers of the committee agenda. They play dominant roles in scheduling...
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Concurrent resolution
 
A resolution passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate but...
8
Conference committee
 
Formed when the Senate and the House pass a bill and it is their job to iron out the differences...
9
Consensus
 
A general agreement among the members of a given group or community.
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Discharge petition
 
discharge petition is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and...
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Filibuster
 
Unique strategy to the Senate whereby opponents of a piece of legislation try to talk it to...
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Floor leader
 
The floor leaders have priority in obtaining recognition to speak on the floor of the Senate.
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Joint committee
 
Exist in a few policy areas, such as economy and taxation; with membership drawn from both...
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Joint resolution
 
joint resolution is a legislative measure that requires approval by the Senate and...
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Partisan
 
partisan is a committed member of a political party.
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Party caucus
 
A party that gathers to caucus.
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Pocket veto
 
A Veto taking place when Congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to the president,...
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President of the Senate
 
The President of the Senate is a title often given to the presiding officer...
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President pro tempore
 
The senator who presides over the U.S. Senate in the absence of the Vice President.
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Quorum
 
The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority,...
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Rider
 
Riders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision which would not pass...
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Select committee
 
Are appointed for a specific reason.Ex. The Senate select committee that investigated Watergate.
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Seniority rule
 
If committee members had served on their committee longest and their party controlled the chamber,...
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Session
 
A meeting for the execution of a group's functions.
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Speaker of the House
 
The Chief position in the House of Representatives. The only legislative office mandated by...
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Special session
 
A session that is held in addition to the regular sessions.
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Standing committee
 
Handles bills in different policy areas in each house of Congress.
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Subcommittee
 
Smaller units of a committee created out of the committee membership.
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Term
 
The amount of time spent in office.
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Veto
 
The constitutional  power of the president to send a bill back to Congress with reasons...
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Whip
 
Carry the word to party troops, counting votes before they are cast and leaning on wavers whose...

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