Unit 3 Legislative Legislative Branch Vocabulary

Unit 3 Legislative Legislative Branch Vocabulary

Term Definition
Legislative Branch Makes laws
Impeach When a majority of the members of the House of Representatives accuse the president or other high government officials, such as a federal judge, of serious wrongdoing.
Appropriations the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.
Speaker of the House The presiding officer of the House of Representatives
Bicameral Two- house, as in legislature with two houses.
Vice President an official or executive ranking below and deputizing for a president.
Standing Committee A bill is sent here for action.
Majority Party Chooses the Speaker of the House.
Redistricting divide or organize (an area) into new political or school districts.
Re-apportionment the act of redistributing or changing the apportionment of something.
President Pro Tempore Resides over the Senate when the Vice President is absent.
Filibuster The use of long speeches to prevent a vote on a bill in the Senate.
Constituents The people a member of Congress represents.
Census An official count of the population made every ten years to find out how many representatives each state should have
Conference Committee a committee of the United States Congress appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve disagreements on a particular bill.
Joint Session when two normally separate decision-making groups meet together, often in a special session or other extraordinary meeting, for a specific purpose.
Implied Powers powers of U.S. government which have not been explicitly granted by the Constitution but that is implied by the necessary and proper clause to be delegated for the purpose of carrying out the enumerated powers.
Minority Party a political party whose electoral strength is so small as to prevent its gaining control of a government except in rare and exceptional circumstances.
Lobbyist a person who takes part in an organized attempt to influence legislators.
Checks and Balances counterbalancing influences by which an organization or system is regulated, typically those ensuring that political power is not concentrated in the hands of individuals or groups.
Interest Groups a group of people that seeks to influence public policy on the basis of a particular common interest or concern.
Cloture a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote.
Bill a draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion.
Expulsion the action of depriving someone of membership in an organization.

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