Vocabulary 2

Vocabulary 2

Term Definition
Legislative Branch The branch of the United States that makes Laws.
Impeachement When a majority of the members of the House of Representatives accuse the President or other high government officials, such as a federal judge if serious wrongdoing.
Appropriations Divided among districts.
Bicameral Two-house, as in a legislature with two houses.
Vice President An official or executive ranking below and deputizing for a president.
Standing Committee A permanent committee that meets regularly.
Majority Party A political party having electoral strength sufficient to permit it to win control of a government usually with comparative regularity and when defeated to constitute the principal opposition to the party in power.
Redistricting Dividing or organize (an area) into new political or school districts.
Re-apportionment The act of reapportioning or the state of being reapportioned.
President Pro Tempore An officer who presides 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 and to forecast the demand on the different services governments provide.
Conference Committee United States Congress appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve disagreements on a particular bill.
Joint Session Most broadly, when two normally separate decision-making groups meet together, often in a special session or other extraordinary meeting, for a specific purpose. Most often it refers to when both houses of a bicameral legislature sit together.
Implied Powers 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 Powers Known as alien elites if they are recent immigrants.
Lobbyist People who represent interest groups.
Checks and Balances The system that gives each of the three branches of government ways to limit the powers of the other two.
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 process of forcing something out of the body.

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