Party and Procedure in the United States Congress

ISBN-10: 1442211733

ISBN-13: 9781442211735

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jacob R. Straus

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Understanding how Congressional political parties utilize floor procedure to advance a legislative agenda is fundamental to understanding how Congress operates. This book offers students and researchers an in-depth understanding of the procedural tools available to congressional leaders and committee chairs and how those tools are implemented in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and during negotiations between the chambers. Divided into four sections (Leadership, House of Representatives, Senate, and Legislative Reconciliation between the Chambers), the contributors present relevant examples of procedure throughout the legislative process.While other volumes provide the party or the procedural perspective, this book combines these two features to create a robust analysis on the role that party can play in making procedural decisions. Additionally, the contributors provide an opportunity to take a holistic look at Congress and understand the changing dynamics of congressional power and its implementation over time. A concluding chapter, Legislative Sausage-Making: Health Care Reform in the 111th Congress, summarizes the book’s major themes through an examination of this highly controversial legislative battle.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Navigating Congress
Leadership
Congressional Leadership: A Resource Perspective
House of Representatives
Toppling the King of the Hill: Understanding Innovation in House Practice
The Appropriations Process and Limitation Amendments: A Case Study on Party Politics and the House Floor
Minority Party Strategies and the Evolution of the Motion to Recommit in the U.S. House
Let's Vote: The Rise and Impact of Roll Call Votes in the Age of Electronic Voting
The Caucus Process as a Catalyst for Democracy
Senate
The Death of Deliberation: Party and Procedure in the Modern United States Senate
Beyond Motions to Table: Exploring the Procedural Toolkit of the Majority Party in the United States Senate
Defense Authorization: The Senate's Last Best Hope
Filibustering and Partisanship in the Modern Senate
Legislative Reconciliation between the Chambers
Ping Pong and Other Congressional Pursuits: Party Leaders and Post-Passage Procedural Choice
Legislative Sausage-Making: Health Care Reform in the 111th Congress
Index
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