Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2011-07-26
  • Publisher: Cq Pr

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Despite what your students may have learned in Schoolhouse Rock, the textbook #x1C;how-a-bill-becomes-a-law#x1D; scenario is a rarity. As evidenced with health care reform legislation, most major measures wind their way through the contemporary Congress in what Barbara Sinclair has dubbed #x1C;unorthodox lawmaking.#x1D; Whatever path a bill takes-whether considered by multiple committees or subjected to a filibuster in the Senate-Sinclair explores the full range of special procedures and processes that make up the legislative process, as well as the reasons these unconventional routes evolved. This much-anticipated fourth edition updates the book through the end of the 111th Congress. Sinclair incorporates new examples and new case studies throughout, including the economic stimulus bill of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and, of course, the health care reform legislation of 2009#x13;2010. New coverage also includes recent developments in the Senate (for example, filling the amendment tree); major changes in how the House and Senate resolve their differences (fewer conferences and more informal bargaining and amendments); and earmarks and changes in the appropriations process. With Sinclair#x19;s unique perspective, Unorthodox Lawmaking introduces students to the intricacies of Congress while also providing the tools to assess the relative successes and limitations of the legislative process.

Author Biography

Barbara Sinclair is professor emerita of political science at UCLA. She specializes in American politics and primarily does research on the U.S. Congress. Her publications included articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Sciences, the Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly and the following books: Congressional Realignment (1982), Majority Leadership in the U.S. House (1983), The Transformation of the U.S. Senate (1989), Legislators, Leaders and Lawmaking: The U.S. House of Representatives in the Postreform Era (1995), and Party Wars: Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making (2006). She has served as chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association, president of the Western Political Science Association, and vice-president of the American Political Science Association. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of the House majority leader in 1978-79 and a participant observer in the office of the Speaker in 1987-88. She has testified before Congress on the legislative process, most recently before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on the filibuster in July 2010.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. v
Prefacep. vii
Clean Air: An Introduction to How the Legislative Process Has Changedp. 1
Multiple Paths: The Legislative Process in the House of Representativesp. 10
Routes and Obstacles: The Legislative Process in the Senatep. 50
Getting One Bill: Reconciling House-Senate Differencesp. 88
Omnibus Legislation, the Budget Process, and Summitsp. 111
Why and How the Legislative Process Changedp. 134
A Tale of Two Stimuli: The Bush-Pelosi-Boehner Stimulus Bill of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009p. 166
Making Nonincremental Policy Change through Hyperunorthodox Procedures: Health Care Reform in 2009-2010p. 186
The Republican Tax-Cutting Agenda and the Budget Process: The Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003p. 235
The Consequences of Unorthodox Lawmakingp. 258
Referencesp. 277
Useful Web Sites for Congress Watchersp. 283
Abbreviations of Commonly Used In-text Citationsp. 284
Indexp. 285
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