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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

ISBN-10: 1568028199
ISBN-13: 9781568028194
Edition: 6th 2004
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List price: $43.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CQ Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 351
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.07" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 Congress and Its Members , 13th ed. (2011), and Congress under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority , with C. Lawrence Evans (1997).

Tables, Figures, and Boxesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Congress and Lawmakingp. 1
The Constitutional Contextp. 2
Functions of Rules and Proceduresp. 5
Rules and Policy Making in Congressp. 10
Congressional Decision Makingp. 17
The House and Senate Comparedp. 23
Pressures on Membersp. 30
The Congressional Budget Processp. 41
Overviewp. 41
Authorization-Appropriations Processp. 43
Prelude to Budget Reformp. 56
The 1974 Budget Actp. 56
Evolution of the Budget Processp. 66
The Surplus Erap. 69
Preliminary Legislative Actionp. 75
Categories of Legislationp. 77
Bill Referral Procedurep. 79
Consideration in Committeep. 86
The Committee Chairman's Rolep. 89
Hearingsp. 91
The Markupp. 95
The Reportp. 101
Bypassing Committeesp. 103
Scheduling Legislation in the Housep. 109
The House Legislative Calendarsp. 110
Minor and Noncontroversial Billsp. 110
Privileged Legislationp. 117
Major Legislationp. 118
Legislation Blocked in Committeep. 138
Final Scheduling Stepsp. 142
House Floor Procedurep. 148
Adoption of the Rulep. 150
Committee of the Wholep. 151
General Debatep. 153
The Amending Processp. 158
Votingp. 169
Final Procedural Stepsp. 173
Scheduling Legislation in the Senatep. 181
Flexible Scheduling Systemp. 181
Noncontroversial Billsp. 187
Major Legislationp. 191
Unanimous Consent Agreementsp. 194
The Track Systemp. 202
Scheduling Procedures Comparedp. 203
Senate Floor Procedurep. 207
Legislative and Calendar Daysp. 209
Daily Order of Businessp. 210
Debate in the Modern Senatep. 211
Bills Considered by Unanimous Consentp. 215
The Amending Processp. 217
Bills Without Unanimous Consentp. 227
Procedures to Circumvent Committeesp. 236
Resolving House-Senate Differencesp. 245
Obscurity of the Processp. 245
Agreement Without a Conferencep. 247
Preconference Considerationsp. 248
Conference Committee Processp. 250
Presidential Approval or Vetop. 268
Legislative Oversightp. 274
Techniques of Oversightp. 278
Oversight Trendsp. 289
Lack of Consensus on Oversightp. 291
A Dynamic Processp. 298
Glossary of Congressional Termsp. 309
Selected Bibliographyp. 323
Selected Internet Sourcesp. 327
Indexp. 329
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