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Bicameral

Having or consisting of two legislative chambers or houses.

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Delegated Powers

Powers specifically given to the federal government by the Constitution.

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Implied Powers

Powers not specifically given to the gov't, rather implied by the interpretation of the elastic clause.

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Non-legislative Powers

Powers specifically given to the federal gov't by the constitution which are non law-making powers.

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Standing Committees

A permanent committee that evaluates bills and either kills or passes them along for further debate.

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Select Committees

A temporary congressional committee appointed for a limited purpose.

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Joint Committees

A legislative committee made up of members of both houses of Congress.

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Conference Committees

A temporary House-Senate committee whose goal is to find an acceptable compromise on conflicting versions of a bill.

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Incumbent

A person currently holding a political office or position.

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Apportionment

The distribution of the number of members of the House of Representatives based on the population of each state.

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Seniority System

The congressional tradition in which members with the longest continuous service on a committee are automatically given the chairmanship.

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Gerrymandering

The process of dividing voting districts to give an unfair advantage to one candidate, party, or group.

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Pork Barrel

A gov't project that benefits a specific location or lawmaker's home district and constituents.

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Filibuster

A lengthy speech or debate designed to delay the Senate's vote on a bill.

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Logrolling

The process of exchanging political favors for support.