Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 8th Edition

ISBN-10: 1604266139

ISBN-13: 9781604266139

Edition: 8th 2010 (Revised)

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Oleszek&BAD:rsquo;s new edition of his definitive work focuses on the significant procedural changes on Capitol Hill that are shaping policymaking in this new era of unified government. With dozens of lively illustrations, charts, and documents, Oleszek examines the use of innovative procedural devices by both the majority and minority parties to achieve their political goals and offers a reassessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. Updates to this new eighth edition include examinations of: new congressional earmark reforms; the disappearance of &BAD:ldquo;open rules&BAD:rdquo; in the House; the surge in use of suspension of the rules in the House; the 60-vote threshold for enactment of amendments and bills in the Senate; the increase in &BAD:ldquo;filling the amendment tree&BAD:rdquo; in the Senate; and the heightened use of old and new oversight mechanisms to &BAD:ldquo;check and balance&BAD:rdquo; executive actions and activities.
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Book details

List price: $66.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 4/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" 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).

About the Author
Tables, Figures, and Boxes
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
The Congressional Budget Process
Authorization-Appropriations Process
Prelude to Budget Reform
Evolution of the Budget Process
The Challenge Ahead
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
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
House Floor Procedure
Adoption of the Rule
Committee of the Whole
General Debate
The Amending Process
Final Procedural Steps
Scheduling Legislation in the Senate
Noncontroversial Bills
Major Legislation
Unanimous Consent Agreements
The Track System
Scheduling Procedures Compared
Senate Floor Procedure
Legislative and Calendar Days
Daily Order of Business
Debate in the Modern Senate
Bills Considered by Unanimous Consent
The Amending Process
Bills without Unanimous Consent
Procedures to Circumvent Committees
Resolving House-Senate Differences
Obscurity of the Process
Agreement without a Conference
Preconference Considerations
Conference Committee Process
Presidential Approval or Veto
Legislative Oversight
Oversight: An Overview
Techniques of Oversight
Oversight Trends and Incentives
Lack of Consensus on Oversight
A Dynamic Process
Glossary of Congressional Terms
Selected Bibliography
Internet Sources
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