Luckily, the good folks at the ACLU have your back. They've just posted the concluding installment of "Congress-ese ," a series of blog entries aimed at teaching you stuff about Congress you didn't learn in social studies class.
Find the answers to questions like:
- Why is the House Committee on Rules so important ?
- What's the significance of "unanimous consent "?
- How do filibusters and cloture  work?
And much more. A valuable learning resource. Well done, ACLUers!