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Incumbency

The person holding office that’s running for re-election

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Discharge Petition

218 votes to force a bill onto the House floor

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Franking Privilege

Congress members can use mail without having to pay for postage

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Powers of House

Power of the purse, initiate revenue bills, impeach federal officials, and elect the President in the case of an Electoral College tie

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Powers of Senate

The sole power to confirm those of the President's appointments that require consent, and to provide advice and consent to ratify treaties

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Pork Barrell

Money spent of “wasteful” things to get re-elected

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Log Rolling

Trading votes with another congress member for a bill

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House Ways and Means and Rule Committees

Committee for making the rules for bills, rules for the House, and schedule billls

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Speaker of House

Elected by the majority of the House, the constitutional role of presiding over debates in the House, determining who can speak, and maintaining order.

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Majority Leader

Assistant speaker that unites factions and assigns committees

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Minority Leader

The face of the media for the minority party that can also assign committees

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President Pro Tempore

Constiutional role in the senate that is given to the most senior member. This person presides over the senate when the vice president is not there

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Whips

They get people to vote with their party

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Vice President

Constitutional role where this person presides in the senate and breaks ties

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Committee Chairs

Voted on chairs that are typically given to senior members schedule hearings and manage bills in committee

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Filibuster

A senate tradition that used to talk a bill to death but now talking is not required to suspend the voting of a bill

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Motion of Cloture

60 members needed to vote in order to end a filibuster

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Senate Hold

An anonymous filibuster

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Senatorial Courtesy

A senator from the same state as a presidential nominee can deny that nominee

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Caucus

A group of law makers who meet to pursue common interest goals. Less important than a committee

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Standing Committee

A permanent committee in each house that often recommends funding for government agencies

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Joint Committee

A more permanent committee than a conference committee that has membership by the House and Senate

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Conference Committee

A temperory committee established to make a compromise

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Select Committee

A narrow focused committee that may be permanent of temporary

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Checks and Balances

The discharge petition for party leadership, congressional oversight to review an agency, department, or office

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