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apportionment
how seats are allocated to the representatives based on pop. after the census.
census
actual enumeration; it is done every 10 yrs.
malapportionment
unequal numbers of people in legislative districts resulting in equality in voter representation.
censure
public reprimand for wrongdoings, given to a member before the Congress
rider
an amendment to a bill that does not meet its purposes.
conference committees
meeting between the reps of the house and senate to talk over bills and reconcile differences.
filibuster
delaying tactic to prevent the vote on a bil - senators
incumbent
someone already holding a position in office and seeking reelection.
gerrymandering
drawing district boundary lines for political advantage.
redistricting
drawing boundary lines following the 10 yr census.
congressional investigation
meeting hearings on alleged misdeeds or scandals.
bicameral
a legislative body that contains two houses; the house of representatives and the senate.
whips
assistant to party leaders that go out and pressure people to vote.
House of Representatives
435 members
based on population (district)
2 year terms
Requirements: at least 25 yrs.
resident of state
citizen of U.S. 7 yrs.
bureacracy
departments, agencies, bureaus,and offices that perform the functions for the gov't.
impeachment
bringing charges against someone and trying them to get removed from office.
Senate
2 from each state; 100 total
terms are for 6 yrs.
resident of state
at least 30 yrs.
resident of U.S. for 9 yrs.
congressional hearing
congressional committee sessions in which the members listen to witnesses who provide info and opinions of matters of interest.