Unit 3 Legislative Branch Vocabulary

Unit 3 Legislative Branch Vocabulary

Term Definition
Legislative Branch Branch of government that makes laws, Congress including House of Representatives and Senate
Impeachment Process to charge a high government official with doing something wrong
Appropriations Setting aside money for a specific purpose
Speaker of the House Presiding officer of the United States House of Representatives who is elected
Bicameral A legislature divided into two house
Vice Presidant Officer next in rank to president and serves in presidents place if they are unable to
Standing Committee Permanently established legislative committees that are responsible of legislation in a certain subject area
Majority Party The political party in each house of Congress with the most members
Redistricting Redrawing of congressional districts to reflect increases or decreases in a state as population shifts
Re-apportionment Redistribution of representation in a legislative body
President Pro Tempore A high-ranking senator of the majority party
Filibuster A tactic of delaying legislation by long speeches.
Constituents Being a voting member of a community or organization and having the power to appoint or elect
Census An official survey of a population
Conference Committee A committee of Congress appointed by House of Reps. and Senate to resolve disagreements on a particular bill
Joint Session A gathering of members of the two chambers of Congress
Implied Powers Powers of federal government not specifically granted in the Constitution but are implied by the Necessary and Proper Clause
Minority Party Political party of in each house of Congress with the second most members
Lobbyist A person who takes part in an organized attempt to influence legislators
Checks and Balances System that gives each branch of government ways to limit the power of the other branches
Interest Groups Group of people that seek to influence public policy on the basis of a common interest or concern
Cloture A rule for limiting or ending debate
Bill A proposal for a law
Expulsion Most serious disciplinary action against a member of Congress

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