Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority

Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority

by Sherrod Brown
     
 

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In the second edition of Congress from the Inside, Sherrod Brown updates his insider's view of the working of Congress with lively discussions of the Clinton impeachment, continued haggling over prescription drug legislation, and the "Battle in Seattle" over the 1999 World Trade Organization conference.

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In the second edition of Congress from the Inside, Sherrod Brown updates his insider's view of the working of Congress with lively discussions of the Clinton impeachment, continued haggling over prescription drug legislation, and the "Battle in Seattle" over the 1999 World Trade Organization conference.

Congress from the Inside has received high praise for 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 United States Congress.

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Congressman Brown (D-Ohio) offers an informative and well written account of how the House of Representatives works, as well as an insider's view of the rise, fall, and resurrection of the Democratic party during the years 1992 to 1996. Too many books by politicians are self-advertisements filled with vague policy proposals and inoffensive political philosophy. There is little of either here, as Brown wisely focuses for the most part on what congressional representatives do and how they do it. One of 110 new members elected in 1992, Brown takes us through the minutiae that make up a new representatives's early weeks. Each new member is given a handbook on how to behave in the House. Specific rules govern how large a staff a new member may have (one for every 35,000 people in his or her district, up to a staff of 18). Brown describes in detail—and makes interesting—the utterly confusing process through which new members get assigned to committees and subcommittees; he shows how things get done, or don't get done, in these committees. He highlights the necessity of regularly visiting one's district. On one Saturday, he goes from an Eagle Scout presentation to a spaghetti dinner at a local high school. Such detail is set against the larger story of the conservative Republican triumph in Congress in 1994, led by Newt Gingrich, and the sudden loss of power by the Democrats. He traces the subsequent self-destruction of Gingrich and his followers as they try to push the country too far too fast to the right, and Clinton is easily reelected. Brown finds that Gingrich's legacy is wide public distrust of Congress. Having demonized Congress for years, both Democrats and Republicans nowmust repair the damage that, in Brown's view, Gingrich has done. While the larger story is well handled, it's the details that make this so readable. Not for political junkies alone, but for anyone who enjoys good writing and a good story. (16 b&w photos)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873386302
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
08/15/1999
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.87(d)

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