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expressed powers
powers directly stated in the Constitution
proper clause
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to make all laws that are necessary and proper for carrying out its duties
implied powers
powers that the government requires to carry out the expressed constitutional powers
revenue bill
a law proposed to raise money
appropriations bill
a proposed law to authorize spending money
interstate commerce
trade among the states
impeachment
a formal accusation of misconduct in office against a public official
enumerated powers
the expressed powers of Congress that are itemized and numbered 1-18 in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution
elastic clause
clause in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that gives Congress the right to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out the powers expressed in the other clauses of Article I
bill of attainder
law that establishes guilt and punishes people without a trial
ex post facto law
a law that makes a crime of an act that was legal when it was committed
national debt
the total amount of money the government owes at any given time
bankruptcy
legal proceedings to administer the assets of a person or business that cannot pay its debts
naturalization
the legal process by which a person is granted citizenship
copyright
the exclusive right to publish and sell a literary, musical, or artistic work for a specified period of time
patent
exclusive right of an inventor to manufacture, use, and sell his or her invention for a specific period
writ of habeas corpus
a court order to release a person accused of a crime to court to determine whether he or she has been legally detained
Amendment Twentieth
sets new dates for Congress to begin its term and for the inauguration of the president and vice president
Amendment Twenty-fifth
gives Congress the power to settle problems arising from the death of elected candidates
subpoena
a legal order that a person appear or produce requested documents
perjury
lying under oath
contempt
willful obstruction of justice
immunity
freedom from prosecution for witnesses whose testimony ties them to illegal acts
legislative veto
the provisions Congress wrote into some laws that allowed it to review and cancel actions of executive agencies
Watkins v. United States
court in which the Supreme Court ruled that Congress must respect witnesses' constitutional rights just as a court does
Accounting Office General _ (GAO)
monitors the finances of federal agencies to make sure public money is spent appropriately and legally
national budget
the yearly financial plan for the national government
impoundment
the president's refusal to spend money Congress has voted to fund a program
line-term veto
the power to veto only certain lines or items in a bill
Budget Office Congressional(CBO)
provides financial experts to help Congress
expressed powers
powers directly stated in the Constitution
proper clause
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to make all laws that are necessary and proper for carrying out its duties
implied powers
powers that the government requires to carry out the expressed constitutional powers
revenue bill
a law proposed to raise money
appropriations bill
a proposed law to authorize spending money
interstate commerce
trade among the states
impeachment
a formal accusation of misconduct in office against a public official
enumerated powers
the expressed powers of Congress that are itemized and numbered 1-18 in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution
elastic clause
clause in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that gives Congress the right to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out the powers expressed in the other clauses of Article I
bill of attainder
law that establishes guilt and punishes people without a trial
ex post facto law
a law that makes a crime of an act that was legal when it was committed
national debt
the total amount of money the government owes at any given time
bankruptcy
legal proceedings to administer the assets of a person or business that cannot pay its debts
naturalization
the legal process by which a person is granted citizenship
copyright
the exclusive right to publish and sell a literary, musical, or artistic work for a specified period of time
patent
exclusive right of an inventor to manufacture, use, and sell his or her invention for a specific period
writ of habeas corpus
a court order to release a person accused of a crime to court to determine whether he or she has been legally detained
Amendment Twentieth
sets new dates for Congress to begin its term and for the inauguration of the president and vice president
Amendment Twenty-fifth
gives Congress the power to settle problems arising from the death of elected candidates
subpoena
a legal order that a person appear or produce requested documents
perjury
lying under oath
contempt
willful obstruction of justice
immunity
freedom from prosecution for witnesses whose testimony ties them to illegal acts
legislative veto
the provisions Congress wrote into some laws that allowed it to review and cancel actions of executive agencies
Watkins v. United States
court in which the Supreme Court ruled that Congress must respect witnesses' constitutional rights just as a court does
Accounting Office General _ (GAO)
monitors the finances of federal agencies to make sure public money is spent appropriately and legally
national budget
the yearly financial plan for the national government
impoundment
the president's refusal to spend money Congress has voted to fund a program
line-term veto
the power to veto only certain lines or items in a bill
Budget Office Congressional(CBO)
provides financial experts to help Congress