AP Gov Ch. 11 Terms

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Bicameral

two-house legislature

bill

a proposed law

casework

Activities of members of Congress that help constituents as individuals; cutting through bureaucratic red tape to get people what they think they have a right to get

caucus

A private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates.

conference committee

temporary joint committee created to reconcile any differences between the two houses’ versions of a bill

filibuster

a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches

house rules committee

determines the rules for debate of each bill, including whether the bill may be amended (most powerful committee in the House)

incumbents

those already holding office. In congressional elections, incumbents usually win.

joint committee

A committee of the House and the Senate that usually acts as a study group and reports its findings back to the House and the Senate

majority leader

The legislative leader selected by the majority party who helps plan party strategy, confers with other party leaders, and tries to keep members of the party in line.

minority leader

the legislative leader elected by party members holding a minority of seats in the House or the Senate

oversight

congressional review of the activities of an agency, department, or office

pork barrel

a government project that benefits a specific location or lawmaker’s home district and constituents.

whip

a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline

standing committee

A permanent committee established in a legislature, usually focusing on a policy area

select committee

A temporary legislative committee established for a limited time period and for a special purpose.

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