Senate Procedure and Practice / Edition 2

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Overview

The U.S. Senate is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body. And that is for good reason. The Senate Chamber-from its inception to its Golden Age to the present day-has been the setting for some of the most moving, decisive, and consequential debates in American history. But how does the Senate work? Senate Procedure and Practice not only answers this question, but also explains and illustrates why the Senate has worked so well for more than two hundred years.

This practical, real-world explanation focuses on the three pillars of legislative procedure: the Senate rules, the parliamentary interpretations of the Senate rules, and the statutes that impose procedural rules. This book is filled with fascinating stories and insights that highlight why a given rule is in place and how it is practiced. Now in its second edition, this book has been updated to discuss the impact the Democratic takeover has had on basic Senate procedures and practices, including the much-discussed Rule XXVIII.

About the Author:
Martin B. Gold is a partner in Covington & Burling's Washington office and is cochair of the firm's Legislative Practice Group

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Gold has taken a subject, U.S. Senate rules and procedures, that would normally occupy a few dozen pages of a manual and woven it into a book-length treatment filled with fascinating stories and discerning insights about how and why the Senate operates as it does. The result is an interesting, educational study of the Senate. Highly recommended.
Choice
Gold has taken a subject, U.S. Senate rules and procedures, that would normally occupy a few dozen pages of a manual and woven it into a book-length treatment filled with fascinating stories and discerning insights about how and why the Senate operates as it does. The result is an interesting, educational study of the Senate. Highly recommended.
Congress and The Presidency
Carefully crafted and useful book….He is also very good at explaining the dauntingly complex procedures laid down by the Budget and Impoundment Act and the budget reconciliation process, both in theory and in practice. If you are a Washington lawyer who has a Hill practice, a journalist who covers Congress, or an academic who needs a handy and readable reference book on Senate procedure, Martin B. Gold's book deserves as conspicuous a place on your shelf as it has on mine.
Robert Dove
This book will be invaluable to any student of the Senate.
Kent Conrad
As Mr. Gold writes, the U.S. Senate is a twenty-first-century body operating with a core of eighteenth century rules—a fact that makes following the Senate’s lawmaking process both frustrating and fascinating. Senate Procedure and Practice ably explains this process and its consequences. No one explains it better or with more credibility than Martin Gold.
Jon Kyl
Mr. Gold’s knowledge of and respect for the U.S. Senate shine through in this overview of the institution and its rules, procedures, and traditions. Senate Procedure and Practice gives the reader a grasp of real-world application of Senate process to the issues before Congress.
Dennis DeConcini
Grasping Senate procedures is crucial to understanding how the institution fulfills its constitutional role. Martin Gold’s book makes this vital topic clear and accessible.
Gordon H. Smith
The Senate’s rules, precedents, and processes admirably serve the Framers’ vision for the operation of the Upper Chamber within the Constitution’s architecture. Martin Gold is the gold standard in describing it all in a way that will greatly assist Members and staffs, and anyone else, who needs to understand how and why the Senate functions as it does.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742563056
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin B. Gold is a partner in Covington & Burling's Washington office and is co-chair of the firm's Legislative Practice Group. Gold is one of the country's leading experts on congressional procedures, and for many years has been on the faculty of Congressional Quarterly. He was recognized by The Washingtonian as 'One of the Top 50 Lobbyists' in DC.

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Table of Contents

1 Senate Procedure and Practice 1

2 Legislative Business 13

3 Floor Debates 37

4 Legislation and Committee Procedures 71

5 Bills and Joint Resolutions 79

6 The Amendment Process 89

7 Voting in the Senate 113

8 Finalizing Legislation to Send to the President's Desk 119

9 The Appropriations and Budget Processes 135

10 Executive Business and the Executive Calendar 159

Appendix A The Standing Rules of the Senate 171

Appendix B Other Standing Rules 223

Glossary 225

Notes 233

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