Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

by Walter J. Oleszek

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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568028194
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 351
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

About the Authors
Chapter 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 Members
Chapter 2: The Congressional Budget Process
Authorization–Appropriations Process
Establishing a Congressional Budget Process
Evolution of Statutory Budget Procedures
Case Study: The Government Shutdown of 2013
Chapter 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 Committees
Chapter 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 Steps
Chapter 5: House Floor Procedure
Consideration of Major Legislation
Final Procedural Steps
Opposition Tactics
Chapter 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
Executive Businesses
Major Scheduling Considerations
Chapter 7: Senate Floor Procedure
Debate and the Filibuster
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 Senate
Chapter 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, 2012
Chapter 9: Legislative Oversight
Oversight: An Overview
Techniques of Oversight
Oversight Trends and Incentives
Lack of Consensus on Oversight
Chapter 10: A Dynamic Process
Observations About Lawmaking
Centralization of Authority in the Speakership
Congress and the Information Age
Resurgence of Sharp Partisanship
Glossary of Selected Congressional Terms
Selected Bibliography
Selected Internet Sources

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