Inside Congress

Author: Trevor Corning
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815727348
Format: PDF
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Required reading for anyone who wants to understand how to work within Congress. The House and Senate have unique rules and procedures to determine how legislation moves from a policy idea to law. Evolved over the last 200 years, the rules of both chambers are designed to act as the engine for that process. Each legislative body has its own leadership positions to oversee this legislative process. To the novice, whether a newly elected representative, a lawmaker’s staff on her first day at work, or a constituent visiting Washington, the entire process can seem incomprehensible. What is an open rule for a House Appropriations bill and how does it affect consideration? Why are unanimous consent agreements needed in the Senate? The authors of Inside Congress, all congressional veterans, have written the definitive guide to how Congress really works. It is the accessible and necessary resource to understanding and interpreting procedural tools, arcane precedents, and the role of party politics in the making of legislation in Congress.

Inside Congress

Author: Ronald Kessler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780671003869
Format: PDF
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Uses interviews with insiders to reveal the inner workings of the Congress and the behavior of congressional members

The Ruling Class

Author: Eric Felten
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 9780895265067
Format: PDF, ePub
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Argues that Congress has abandoned its legislative duties in order to wield power directly and avoid accountablity

Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

Author: Walter J. Oleszek
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1483304736
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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As a governing body, Congress continually adapts to changes in process and practice. This procedural context governs every aspect of the House and Senate and affects lawmakers as they make voting decisions, expedite or delay legislation, or defeat a bill. Walter Oleszek's definitive work, Congressional Pocedures and the Policy Process, examines how the majority and minority parties use procedural devices to achieve their political goals and offers an assessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. Not shying away from the complexity of the topic, Oleszek ensures that the machinations of Congress are understandable through an array of interesting examples, cases, and anecdotes that he is particularly well-positioned to witness and experience first-hand. Updates include an analysis of budget "brinksmanship," the increased used of "filling the tree" in the senate, and a look at how the oversight approach of Congress triggers legislative-executive clashes.

Congress from the Inside

Author: Sherrod Brown
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873387927
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This third edition of Congress from the Inside adds an entirely new section that discusses topics including the Florida election in 2000; September 11, 2001; the 107th Congress; redistricting in Ohio; and the war in Iraq. Congress from the Inside has received high praise from the academic and political worlds for its intimate look at Washington politics. Ideal for both classroom and armchair reading, Brown's book depicts the inner workings and deal-makings of Congress. He walks the reader through the crafting of legislation and tours the offices and meeting rooms where so much of the work of the legislature is done, introducing us to the names and faces of power. With incisive candor, Brown exposes the strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, diversity and elitism of the U.S. Congress.

How Congress Works and Why You Should Care

Author: Lee H. Hamilton
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253110954
Format: PDF, Mobi
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How Congress Works and Why You Should Care is a concise introduction to the functions and vital role of the U.S. Congress by eminent former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton. Drawing on 34 years as a U.S. Representative, Hamilton explains how Congress reflects the diversity of the American people, serves as a forum for finding consensus, and provides balance within the federal government. Addressing widespread public misperceptions, he outlines areas where Congress can work better and ways for citizens to become more engaged in public affairs through their representatives in Washington. How Congress Works and Why You Should Care is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of Congress, and how all citizens can participate in its unique mission.