The Challenge of Legislation: Bipartisanship in a Partisan World

The Challenge of Legislation: Bipartisanship in a Partisan World

by John L. Hilley

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ISBN-13: 9780815736530
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John L. Hilley worked in the White House as senior adviser and head of legislative affairs to President Bill Clinton from February 1996 to January 1998. In this role, he oversaw and participated in the negotiation of all major legislation. Before moving to the White House, Hilley served as chief counsel for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and majority staff director for Senate Budget Committee Chairman Jim Sasser. In the private sector, he has served as executive vice president of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and as chairman and CEO of NASDAQ International. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
We're Fixing a Hole     1
Launch     23
Circle 'Round the Consumer Price Index     41
The Handoff     57
Staking Out Territory     71
Offer and Counteroffer     85
An Agreement     98
What Was That We Agreed To?     116
The Center Must Hold     129
The Challenge of Reconciliation     137
House on Fire     157
Tax Tribulations     168
Into the Hands of the Leaders     188
Taxes and Death     202
The Triumph of Responsibility     215
Postscript: The Limits and Potential of Bipartisanship     226
Primer on the Budget Process     235
Key Budget Terms     240
Chronology of Important Dates     249
List of Participants     251
Notes     255
Index     269

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Eleven-year-old Hillary Cook and her widowed mother, Laura, must both work to survive. Hillary works twelve hours a day, six days a week at the Alton Textile Mill. On Sunday afternoons, she and her two friends pick flowers, dream and play pretend in the nearby countryside. The girls pledge to be friends for eternity and call themselves "wildflowers."

In this difficult world, innocent children are forced to operate dangerous machinery at the mill and even darker abuses are committed against them. Mill owner Frank Dragus has young girls sent to his office for whatever he pleases-and he is interested in Hillary. When tragedy befalls Hillary and her mother, Hillary is forced into a situation that may have disastrous consequences . . .

From busy factory floors and bustling portside pubs to tragedy, murder, and intrigue, Wildflowers integrates the nostalgia of historical fiction with the wit of modern-day drama.

Tom Daschle

"The Challenge of Legislation opens the window on national policy as it is created. This remarkable story takes the reader on the roller coaster ride of legislation-the competing agendas, political calculations, uncertainties and surprises, acts of goodwill and trust, and finally the exhilaration of accomplishment."--(Tom Daschle, former Senate Democratic Leader)

Eric Redman

"The Challenge of Legislation is brilliant and enthralling, the best account in decades of the dance of legislation on Capitol Hill. John Hilley, a seasoned and highly-regarded Senate aide who became Bill Clinton's top legislative strategist, uses a too-rare bipartisan moment to reveal in deft first-hand fashion both politics and policy as actually practiced by the White House and Congressional leaders. Hilley was there, he lived every moment of this page-turning tale, and he can write. He's produced a perfect book for citizens and students alike-an engrossing, informative, and uplifting story of Washington as it can be, of Washington at its best."--(Eric Redman, author of The Dance of Legislation)

Trent Lott

"The Challenge of Legislation is the hopeful story of Republicans and Democrats working as partners to address our nation's problems. John Hilley chronicles a time when we set aside our differences to win results for the American people. He speaks not just as a witness, but as a participant in achieving this historic balanced budget agreement. His story should serve as a challenge for leaders in Congress and the White House."--(Trent Lott, former Senate Republican Whip)

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