Congress FRQ

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  • A Conference Committee is a joint committee used by the senate and the house to eliminate differences in bills. This makes sure that both the senate and the house have a say on bills.
  • A member of the senate speaks indefinitely to delay votes on legislation
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  • The House Rules Committee decides who has control of the floor and sets the house agenda. They pick out of the 500 Congress people to speak. Each person only has an hour to speak. Whichever party has control, usually will pick from their party first. They control which legislation has a chance to be voted on.
  • The process of redrawing district boundaries when a state has more representatives than districts.
  • Districts must be equally populated and cannot be solely based on race.
  • Congressional reapportionment is the process by which seats in the United States House of Representatives are distributed among the 50 states according to the most recent constitutionally mandated decennial census. This is important because states don't want to lose seats in the house.
  • Gerrymandering enhances political party strength and increases minority representation.
  • -The most important member of congress is the speaker of the house. The speaker of the house comes from the majority party.  -Chairs of every committee come from the majority party and most of the work in congress is done by committees.
  • The Senate may filibuster bills, where members opposing the bill continue to speak until a vote is called. The House cannot filibuster bills. In the House, there is a Rules Committee that determines whether a bill can be amended, how much time it can be debated, and other rules pertaining to the bill. This doesn't exist in the Senate.
  • Filibuster--even though the House may pass a bill, the Senate can kill the bill with a filibuster. Therefore, it is much harder to pass a bill in the Senate. Rules Committee--even though the Senate may pass a bill, the House Rules Committee can hinder passage of that bill in the House.
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