As a governing body, Congress continually adapts to changes in process and practice. The Eleventh Edition of Walter Oleszek’s definitive work updated with new developments and fresh research, continues to examine how this procedural context governs every aspect of the House and Senate and affects lawmakers as they make voting decisions, expedite legislation, or defeat a bill. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process reveals how the majority and minority parties use procedural devices to achieve their political goals and offers an assessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. Not shying away from the complexity of the topic, Oleszek and new coauthors Mark Oleszek, Elizabeth Rybicki, and Bill Heniff Jr. ensure that the machinations of Congress are understandable through an array of interesting examples, topical cases, and anecdotes that they are uniquely positioned to witness and experience firsthand.
|Publisher:||Congressional Quarterly, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Walter J. Oleszek is a senior specialist in the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service. He has served as either a full-time professional staff aide or consultant to every major House and Senate congressional reorganization effort beginning with passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970. In 1993 he served as Policy Director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. A longtime adjunct faculty member at American University, Oleszek is a frequent lecturer to various academic, governmental, and business groups. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 10th ed. (2016), and Congress under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority, with C. Lawrence Evans (1997).
Table of Contents
PrefaceAbout the AuthorsChapter 1: Congress and Lawmaking The Constitutional Context Functions of Rules and Procedures Rules and Policymaking in Congress Congressional Decision Making The House and Senate Compared Pressures on MembersChapter 2: The Congressional Budget Process Authorization–Appropriations Process Establishing a Congressional Budget Process Evolution of Statutory Budget Procedures Case Study: The Government Shutdown of 2013Chapter 3: Preliminary Legislative Action Categories of Legislation Bill Referral Procedure Consideration in Committee The Committee Chair’s Role Committee Hearings The Markup Committee Markup Procedures The Report Bypassing CommitteesChapter 4: Scheduling Legislation in the House The House Legislative Calendars Minor and Noncontroversial Measures Privileged Legislation Major Legislation Promises of Openness by the Majority Party Legislation Blocked in Committee Final Scheduling StepsChapter 5: House Floor Procedure Debate Voting Consideration of Major Legislation Final Procedural Steps Opposition TacticsChapter 6: Scheduling Legislation in the Senate Legislative and Calendar Days Calendars and Rule XIV Motion to Proceed to Consider a Bill Bills Taken Up by Unanimous Consent Bills Privileged for Consideration Clearance Holds Executive Businesses Major Scheduling ConsiderationsChapter 7: Senate Floor Procedure Debate and the Filibuster Cloture The Amending Process Principle of Precedence and the Amendment Trees Unanimous Consent Agreements and the Amending Process Strategic Uses of Amendments Quorum and Voting Procedures Procedural Change in the SenateChapter 8: Resolving House–Senate Differences Procedural Methods for Reaching Agreement Amendment Exchange Between the Chambers Preconference Considerations Conference Committee Process Presidential Approval or Veto Case Study: A Procedural Sketch: The Surface Transportation Conference, 2012Chapter 9: Legislative Oversight Oversight: An Overview Techniques of Oversight Impeachment Oversight Trends and Incentives Lack of Consensus on OversightChapter 10: A Dynamic Process Observations About Lawmaking Centralization of Authority in the Speakership Congress and the Information Age Resurgence of Sharp PartisanshipGlossary of Selected Congressional TermsSelected BibliographySelected Internet SourcesIndex
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