Essential Knowledge
Video
Audio
amendment/rider


bill becomes a law


conference committee


confirmation hearing


constituent service


discharge petition


Earmark


Earmark


earmarks/pork barrel legislation


Earmarks (Moyers - 28 min)
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Phone Marking (a work-around to earmarking)


Expulsion of Representative Traficant


filibuster & cloture


Floor Debate


Floor Speech


Floor Speech


hold


logrolling


Mark-Up Session


Oversight Committee


Oversight


Partisanship


Powers of Congress (1947)


President pro tempore


Qualifications for House & Senate


Gerrymandering Explained


Reapportionment, Redistricting & Gerrymandering

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Redistricting Game


Redistricting by Citizens

Watch Power to the people on PBS. See more from Need To Know.



Rules Committee


select or special & joint committees


Senate vs. House Rules


Senate: Speaking to an Empty Chamber

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senatorial courtesy


Speaker of the house, Majority/minority leaders, whip


trustee/delegate/politico


veto process


How to propose a bill by Jean Arthur
from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


The Broken Senate


Steady Diet of Partisan News Hampers Political Compromise