This Legislative Branch vocabulary quiz covers the most important government vocabulary words with respect to the United States Congress. This test reviews all aspects of the legislative branch including Congressional elections, Congressional leadership, the committee system, the powers of Congress, the lawmaking process, and legislative tactics.
The obstructive tactic that is used by Senators to block legislation by debating it at length.
Lame duck session
The exchange of political favors by legislators, such as trading votes.
Pork barrel legislation
Congressional review and supervision of federal agencies, programs, and activities.
The right of Members of Congress to send mail to their constituents without postage.
Writ of habeas corpus
The process of redrawing electoral district boundaries within states.
Permanent legislative panels in the House or Senate that specialize in the consideration of particular subject areas.
The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.
President pro tempore
The existing holder of a political office.
The practice of strategically redrawing congressional district boundaries in order to favor a particular political party or group.
The Senate procedure to end a filibuster, which needs the votes of three-fifths of the full Senate in order to pass.
Riddick's Senate Procedure