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Appropriations

Bills that determine where money is being spent

Concurrent powers

Powers shared between the national and state governments

Congress

Legislative branch of the federal government. Divided into the Senate and House of Representatives. Has the power to make laws

Expressed powers

Powers specifically given to Congress in the Constitution. Also known as delegated or enumerated

House of Representatives

Lower house of Congress

Impeach

To formally accuse an elected official of wrongdoing

Implied powers

Powers of Congress not mentioned in the Constitution, but assumed under the elastic clause

Joint committee

Committee made up of both representatives and senators

Legislative branch

The part of the government that makes laws

Reserved powers

Powers kept by the states

Senate

Upper house of Congress

Seniority

People who have served in Congress the longest get preference for committee assignments and leadership positions

Standing committee

Permanent committee

Amnesty

The president's power to pardon a group of people

Bureaucracy

The network of agencies and departments of the government

Cabinet

The president's closest advisors and heads of departments in the executive branch

Executive branch

Part of the government that enforces and carried out laws

Executive order

A commandment issues by the president that has the force of law

Pardon

The president's power to forgive someone of a crime committed

Veto

Executive's power to reject a proposed law