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  • Q1
    Those already holding office. In congressional elections, they usually win.
  • Q2
    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.
  • Q3
    The mighty list of federal projects, grants, and contracts available to cities, businesses, colleges, and institutions available in a congressional district.
    Pork Barrel
  • Q4
    A legislature divided into two houses. The U.S. Congress and every American state legislature except Nebraska's are this.
    Bicameral Legislature
  • Q5
    An institution unique to the House of Representative that reviews all bills (except revenue, budget, and appropriations bills) coming from a House committee before they go to the full House.
    House Rules Committee
  • Q6
    A strategy unique to the Senate whereby opponents of a piece of legislation try to talk it to death, based on the tradition of unlimited debate. Today, 60 members present and voting can halt this.
  • Q7
    An office mandated by the Constitution. This person is chosen in practice by the majority party, has both formal and informal powers, and is second in line to succeed the presidency should that office become vacant.
    Speaker of the House
  • Q8
    The principal partisan ally of the Speaker of the House or the party's manager in the Senate. The majority leader is responsible for scheduling bills, influencing committee assignments, and rounding up votes in behalf of the party's legislative positions.
    Majority Leader
  • Q9
    The principal leader of the minority party in the House of Representatives or in the Senate.
    Minority Leader
  • Q10
    Separate subject-matter committees in each house of Congress that handle bills in different policy areas.
    Standing Committees
  • Q11
    Congressional committees on a few subject-matter areas with membership drawn from both houses.
    Joint Committees
  • Q12
    Congressional committees formed when the Senate and the House pass a particular bill in different forms. Party leadership appoints members from each house to iron out the differences and bring back a single bill.
    Conference Committees
  • Q13
    Congressional committees appointed for a specific purpose, such as the Watergate investigation.
    Select Committees
  • Q14
    Congress' monitoring of the bureaucracy and its administration of policy, performed mainly through hearings.
    Legislative oversight
  • Q15
    The most important influencers of the congressional agenda. They play dominant roles in scheduling hearings, hiring staff, appointing subcommittees, and managing committee bills when they are brought before the full house.
    Committee Chairs

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