Legislative Branch / Congress

Bicameral
Where there are two chambers to the legislative branch.
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Senate
More prestigious than the House. Senators tend to be older. The Senate has more exclusive powers than the House.
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House of Representatives
Less prestigious than the Senate. Tend to be younger than Senators. They have more shared powers. However, they can impeach a public official.
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Incumbent
Current holder of a political office. Tend to re-win mid-term elections.
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Gerrymandering
Drawing electoral boundaries to favour a particular group or party.
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Pork-barrel legislation
When an amendment is proposed with benefits for a particular group.
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Caucuses
Factions in Congress which can be based on ideology, social characteristics or party alignment.
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Filibuster
When a senator gives a prolonged speech on the floor of the Senate to obstruct legislative progress of a bill or confirmation of an official.
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Gridlock
Where the president and Congress are equally powerful and prevent each other from acting.
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More prestigious than the House. Senators tend to be older. The Senate has more exclusive powers than the House.

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Senate

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Less prestigious than the Senate. Tend to be younger than Senators. They have more shared powers. However, they can impeach a public official.

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Card 4

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Current holder of a political office. Tend to re-win mid-term elections.

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Card 5

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Drawing electoral boundaries to favour a particular group or party.

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