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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process



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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process by Walter J Oleszek
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Oleszek 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 open rules 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 filling the amendment tree in the Senate; and the heightened use of old and new oversight mechanisms to check and balance executive actions and activities.

Author Biography

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 long-time 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 under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority, with C. Lawrence Evans (1997) and Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, Ninth Edition (2013).
Release date Australia
April 6th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
8th Revised edition
CQ Press
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