#3 History 6-8

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#3 History 6-8
2009-12-09 19:56:12

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  1. Elastic clause
    Gives congress the right to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out it's expressed powers
  2. Senority
    Years of service, which is used as consideration for assigning committee members
  3. Minority party
    In both houses in congress, the political party which fewer than half the members belong
  4. Majority party
    In both houses in congress, the political party in which more than half the members belong
  5. Implied powers
    Powers that congress has that are not sated explicitly in the constitution
  6. Ex post facto law
    A law that would allow a person to be punished for an action that was not against the law when it was comitted
  7. Bill of attainer
    A law that punishes a person accused of a crime without a trial or a fair hearing in court
  8. Pork-barrel projects
    Government projects and grants that primarily benifit the home district or state
  9. Casework
    The work that a lawmaker does to help constituents with a problem
  10. Joint resolution
    A resolution that is passed by both houses of congress
  11. Filibuster
    A tactic fir defeating a bill in the senate by talking until the bills sponsor withdraws it
  12. Veto
    Refusal to sign a bill or resolutution
  13. Pocket veto
    Presidents power to kill a bill, if congress is not in session, by not signing it for 10 days
  14. Pardon
    A declaration of forgiveness and freedom from punishment
  15. Executive order
    A rule or command that has the force or law
  16. Reprieve
    An order to delay a persons punishment until a higher court can hear a case
  17. National security
    The ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
  18. Ambassador
    An official representative of a country's government