9780253216953

How Congress Works: And Why You Should Care

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    9780253216953

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    0253216958

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/2004
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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Summary

"Lee Hamilton's new book... should be required reading for any American contemplating writing a 'Letter to the Editor' or calling into (or hosting) a radio talk show, or for that matter, stepping into a voting booth. It is an owner's manual for citizens interested in their Congress." -- Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report"... a passionate and eloquent defense of the essential role Congress plays in the American constitutional system and a reasoned call for citizens to engage more actively in their representative democracy. Like Hamilton himself, this volume is scrupulously honest, fair-minded, and accessible to a wide audience." -- Thomas Mann, W. Averell Harriman Senior Fellow in American Governance, The Brookings Institution"Lee Hamilton's book not only describes the Madisonian vision of what Congress is supposed to be and assesses how it measures up to that vision today, it also serves the same function of educating and edifying the American public that the Federalist papers did.... Every student of Congress, and every American, can benefit from this book." -- Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise InstituteHow 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.

Author Biography

Lee H. Hamilton was U.S. Representative from Indiana's Ninth District from 1965 to 1999. He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. He is now director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Table of Contents

PREFACE vii
1 The Role of Congress
Why Congress Exists
2(2)
Core Principle: Sovereignty of the People
4(2)
Core Principle: Balancing Powers in Government
6(3)
Congress and the President
9(2)
Why Federalism Works
11(2)
Key Power: Passing the Basic Laws of the Land
13(3)
Key Power: Controlling the Purse
16(2)
Key Power: Shaping Foreign Policy
18(3)
Congress and Individual Liberties
21(2)
The Roots of Our Success
23(3)
2 The Impact of Congress 26(16)
Congress and the Fabric of Our Lives
27(2)
Government's Greatest Endeavors
29(1)
An Ordinary Day
30(3)
Congress Does More Work than Meets the Eye
33(2)
A Balanced View of Congress
35(2)
Members of Congress Who Had an Impact
37(5)
3 How Congress Works 42(33)
A Complex Institution
43(2)
An Evolving Institution
45(3)
The Many Roles of a Member of Congress
48(4)
Representing Constituents
52(3)
How a Bill Really Becomes Law
55(4)
Why We Need More Politicians
59(4)
Power in Congress
63(2)
The House and the Senate
65(3)
The Awesome Responsibility of Voting
68(4)
The Frustrations and Rewards of Congress
72(3)
4 Public Criticisms of Congress 75(22)
"Legislators Are a Bunch of Crooks"
76(2)
"There's Too Much Wasteful, Pork-Barrel Spending by Congress"
78(2)
"Legislators Just Bicker and Never Get Anything Done"
80(2)
"You Can't Trust What Members of Congress Say"
82(3)
"Congress Almost Seems Designed to Promote Total Gridlock"
85(1)
"Members of Congress Compromise Too Much"
86(3)
"There's Too Much Money in Politics Today"
89(1)
"Members Are Out of Touch with Their Constituents"
90(3)
"Congress Is Run by Lobbyists and Special Interests"
93(3)
Conclusion
96(1)
5 Key Ways Congress Could Work Better 97(27)
Declining Civility
98(2)
The Importance of Good Process
100(3)
Better White House/Congress Consultation
103(3)
True Congressional Oversight
106(2)
Improving Ethics Enforcement
108(3)
Thinking about the Future
111(3)
The Money Chase
114(3)
Improving Public Understanding of Congress
117(1)
Tackling the Tough Issues
118(2)
Congress and the Common Good
120(3)
Conclusion
123(1)
6 Civic Participation 124(25)
A Failure to Communicate
125(3)
Being More Involved in the Work of Congress
128(4)
The Cornerstones of Active Citizenship
132(2)
Making Your Views Known to Congress
134(4)
Individuals Who Have Made a Difference
138(3)
Can the People Govern?
141(3)
Strengthening Representative Democracy
144(5)
APPENDIX: COMMUNICATING WITH CONGRESS 149(2)
NOTES 151(2)
INDEX 153

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