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10. Congress. The National Legislature. The House of Representatives. The Senate. 1. term. term. Each _______ lasts for two years. session. session. period of time during which, each year, Congress assembles and conducts business. adjourn. adjourn. suspends until the next session.

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term

Each _______ lasts for two years.



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session

period of time during which, each year, Congress assembles and conducts business



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adjourn

suspends until the next session



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prorogue

end, discontinue


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special session


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special session

a meeting to deal with some emergency situation



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apportion

distributed House of Representatives based on state populations



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reapportion

redistribute, the seats in the House after each decennial census


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off-year election


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off-year election

even years, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 congressional elections that occur in the nonpresidential years


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single-member district


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single-member district

voters in each district elect one of the State’s representatives from among a field of candidates running for a Seat in the House from that district



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at-large

elected from the State as a whole, rather than from a particular district



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gerrymander

districts have been drawn to the advantage of the political party that controls the State legislature


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continuous body


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continuous body

the Senate never has all of its seats up for election at the same time; only a third of them 33 o34 terms expire every 2 years



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constituency

people and interests the senators represent



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trustee

see issues as they see them, regardless of the views held by their constituents or by any of the other group that seek to influence their decision



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partisan

lawmakers who owe their first allegiance to their political party



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politico

attempt to combine the basic elements of the trustee, delegate, and partisan roles


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oversight function


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oversight function

process by which Congress, through its committees, checks to see the various agencies in the executive branch are working effectively and acting in line with the policies that Congress has set by law


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franking privilege


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franking privilege

well-known benefit that allows them to mail letters and other materials posting-free by substituting their signature (frank) for the postage

















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Profile of the 100th Congress.



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Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, Florida).




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