Unorthodox Lawmaking New Legislative Processes in the Us Congress

ISBN-10: 1608712362
ISBN-13: 9781608712366
Edition: 4th 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Barbara Sinclair
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Despite what your students may have learned in Schoolhouse Rock, the textbook #x1C;how-a-bill-becomes-a-law#x1D; scenario is a rarity. As evidenced with health care reform legislation, most major measures wind their way through the contemporary Congress in what Barbara Sinclair has dubbed #x1C;unorthodox lawmaking.#x1D; Whatever path a bill takes-whether considered by multiple committees or subjected to a filibuster in the Senate-Sinclair explores the full range of special procedures and processes that make up the legislative process, as well as the reasons these unconventional routes evolved. This much-anticipated fourth edition updates the book through the end of the 111th Congress. Sinclair incorporates new examples and new case studies throughout, including the economic stimulus bill of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and, of course, the health care reform legislation of 2009#x13;2010. New coverage also includes recent developments in the Senate (for example, filling the amendment tree); major changes in how the House and Senate resolve their differences (fewer conferences and more informal bargaining and amendments); and earmarks and changes in the appropriations process. With Sinclair#x19;s unique perspective, Unorthodox Lawmaking introduces students to the intricacies of Congress while also providing the tools to assess the relative successes and limitations of the legislative process.

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Clean Air: An Introduction to How the Legislative Process Has Changed
Multiple Paths: The Legislative Process in the House of Representatives
Routes and Obstacles: The Legislative Process in the Senate
Getting One Bill: Reconciling House-Senate Differences
Omnibus Legislation, the Budget Process, and Summits
Why and How the Legislative Process Changed
A Tale of Two Stimuli: The Bush-Pelosi-Boehner Stimulus Bill of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Making Nonincremental Policy Change through Hyperunorthodox Procedures: Health Care Reform in 2009-2010
The Republican Tax-Cutting Agenda and the Budget Process: The Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003
The Consequences of Unorthodox Lawmaking
References
Useful Web Sites for Congress Watchers
Abbreviations of Commonly Used In-text Citations
Index

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