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The U.S. Congress : a very short introduction /

"Many scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works. In The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congre...

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Main Author: Ritchie, Donald A., 1945-
Format: Book
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, c2010.
Series:Very short introductions.
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Table of Contents:
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  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Great Compromise
  • -Why Not a Parliament? -All Laws Necessary and Proper -The People's House -The Cooling Senate -To Get Along, Go Along
  • Chapter 2: Campaigns and Constituents
  • -Campaigning for Congress -The Freshman Class -Serving Constituents -Media Relations and News Coverage
  • Chapter 3: Congress at Work
  • -The Committees -Turning Bills into Laws -House Committees -Senate Committees -Appropriations: Where Things Happen
  • Chapter 4: Floor Proceedings and Coalition Building
  • -Debate, Rules, and Procedure -Majority Rule in the House -Minority Muscle in the Senate -Making Laws and Making Sausage
  • Chapter 5: Checks and Balances
  • -The Chief Legislator -Advice and Consent -War and Peace -Congress Investigates -Punishment and Protection -Congress and the Courts
  • Chapter 6: The Contours of Capitol Hill
  • -The Capitol -The Members -The Staff -Lobbyists and Other Visitors
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index.