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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 8th Edition,9781604266139
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A must read!  April 19, 2011

Mr. Oleszek's textbook is the single best reference out there for students and citizens wanting to learn about the ins and outs of how a bill becomes a law. The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are institutions where knowledge of process is more highly regarded than understanding the issues under debate. Olezek underscores that fact. His book has been must reading for congressional staff for a generation, and it continues to be the first among equals today. This textbook is a great resource for everyone from new lobbyists to people interested in knowing more about how their government works.

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The definitive work on how congressional rules, procedures, and traditions affect the course and content of legislation, the fundamentals of lawmaking are made clear in Oleszeks straight talking, informative book.

Updates to this new edition spotlight the use of innovative procedural devices by both parties to achieve their goals, a reassessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences, and heightened use of old and new oversight mechanisms to check and balance executive actions and activities.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. vi
Tables, Figures, and Boxesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Congress and Lawmakingp. 1
The Constitutional Contextp. 3
Functions of Rules and Proceduresp. 7
Rules and Policymaking in Congressp. 12
Congressional Decision Makingp. 19
The House and Senate Comparedp. 26
Pressures on Membersp. 34
The Congressional Budget Processp. 46
Authorization-Appropriations Processp. 48
Prelude to Budget Reformp. 67
Evolution of the Budget Processp. 82
The Challenge Aheadp. 85
Preliminary Legislative Actionp. 93
Categories of Legislationp. 94
Bill Referral Procedurep. 97
Consideration in Committeep. 107
The Committee Chair's Rolep. 108
Committee Hearingsp. 111
The Markupp. 117
Committee Markup Proceduresp. 119
The Reportp. 123
Bypassing Committeesp. 127
Scheduling Legislation in the Housep. 132
The House Legislative Calendarsp. 134
Minor and Noncontroversial Measuresp. 135
Privileged Legislationp. 142
Major Legislationp. 143
Promises of Openness by the Majority Partyp. 162
Legislation Blocked in Committeep. 165
Final Scheduling Stepsp. 169
House Floor Procedurep. 176
Adoption of the Rulep. 178
Committee of the Wholep. 180
General Debatep. 182
The Amending Processp. 191
Votingp. 202
Final Procedural Stepsp. 206
Scheduling Legislation in the Senatep. 215
Noncontroversial Billsp. 226
Major Legislationp. 228
Unanimous Consent Agreementsp. 232
The Track Systemp. 242
Scheduling Procedures Comparedp. 243
Senate Floor Procedurep. 248
Legislative and Calendar Daysp. 250
Daily Order of Businessp. 251
Debate in the Modern Senatep. 252
Bills Considered by Unanimous Consentp. 256
The Amending Processp. 258
Bills without Unanimous Consentp. 271
Procedures to Circumvent Committeesp. 283
Resolving House-Senate Differencesp. 294
Obscurity of the Processp. 294
Agreement without a Conferencep. 296
Preconference Considerationsp. 302
Conference Committee Processp. 303
Presidential Approval or Vetop. 326
Legislative Oversightp. 334
Oversight: An Overviewp. 335
Techniques of Oversightp. 340
Impeachmentp. 354
Oversight Trends and Incentivesp. 355
Lack of Consensus on Oversightp. 357
A Dynamic Processp. 366
Glossary of Congressional Termsp. 383
Selected Bibliographyp. 397
Internet Sourcesp. 403
Indexp. 405
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