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speaker of the house
most powerful position in house of representatives, because elected by presiding president and acknowledged majority party leader
president of the senate
duh
president pro tempore
serves in vice president's absence
party caucus
closed meeting of the members of each party in each house
floor leader
party officers picked by party colleagues
whip
assistant floor leaders
committee chairman
those members who head the standing committees in each chamber
seniority rule
longer servicing congressmen get more important posts
standing committees
committees that have genres of bills they oversee and consider
select committee
special, specific purpose and time
joint committee
members of both houses serving temporary purpose
conference committee
iron out differences in bill between two houses
bill
proposed law presented to the House/Senate for consideration
joint resolution
when passed have force of law, special circumstances/temporary matters
concurrent resolution
a statement of position on an issue, adopted by House and Senate acting jointly, doesn't have force of law, does not require president's signature usually foreign affairs/criticism
resolution
measure dealing with some matter in one house; dies not have force of law, does not require president's signature
rider
provision not likely to pass on its own and is attached to an important measure certain to pass
discharge petition
enables members to force a bill that remained in committee for 30 days onto floor for consideration
subcommittees
divisions of committees formed to address specific issues
committee of the whole
all the members of the house sit as one with quick floor action
quorum
majority of full membership must be present in order for business to be attended, but only 100 for committee of whole
engrossed
when a bill is read for second time and is printed in its final form read for a third time and vote taken
cloture
limiting debate- two days after a petition calling for action has been submitted by at least 16 senators, and if 60 then vote motion, then no more than 30 hours floor time
veto
refuse to sign the bill into law
pocket veto
congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to president, and president doesn't act, bill dies
resolution
measure dealing with some matter in one house; dies not have force of law, does not require president's signature
rider
provision not likely to pass on its own and is attached to an important measure certain to pass
discharge petition
enables members to force a bill that remained in committee for 30 days onto floor for consideration
subcommittees
divisions of committees formed to address specific issues
committee of the whole
all the members of the house sit as one with quick floor action
quorum
majority of full membership must be present in order for business to be attended, but only 100 for committee of whole
engrossed
when a bill is read for second time and is printed in its final form read for a third time and vote taken
cloture
limiting debate- two days after a petition calling for action has been submitted by at least 16 senators, and if 60 then vote motion, then no more than 30 hours floor time
veto
refuse to sign the bill into law
pocket veto
congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to president, and president doesn't act, bill dies
resolution
measure dealing with some matter in one house; dies not have force of law, does not require president's signature
rider
provision not likely to pass on its own and is attached to an important measure certain to pass
discharge petition
enables members to force a bill that remained in committee for 30 days onto floor for consideration
subcommittees
divisions of committees formed to address specific issues
committee of the whole
all the members of the house sit as one with quick floor action
quorum
majority of full membership must be present in order for business to be attended, but only 100 for committee of whole
engrossed
when a bill is read for second time and is printed in its final form read for a third time and vote taken
cloture
limiting debate- two days after a petition calling for action has been submitted by at least 16 senators, and if 60 then vote motion, then no more than 30 hours floor time
veto
refuse to sign the bill into law
pocket veto
congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to president, and president doesn't act, bill dies