Senate Procedure and Practice

  • Filename: senate-procedure-and-practice.
  • ISBN: 9780742563421
  • Release Date: 2008-06-27
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Martin B. Gold
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The United States is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body. And that is for good reason. The Senate Chamber—from its inception to its Golden Age to the present day—has been the setting for some of the most moving, decisive, and consequential debates in American history. But how does the Senate work? Senate Procedure and Practice not only answers this question but also explains and illustrates why the Senate has worked so well for more than 200 years. This practical, real-world explanation focuses on the three pillars of legislative procedure: the Senate rules, the parliamentary interpretations of the Senate rules, and statutes that impose procedural rules. The book is filled with fascinating stories and insights that highlight why a given rule is in place and how it is practiced. Now in its second edition, the book has been updated to discuss the impact the Democratic takeover has had on basic Senate procedures and practices, including much-discussed Rule XXVIII.

Congressional Practice and Procedure

  • Filename: congressional-practice-and-procedure.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015021487270
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 1046
  • Author: Charles Tiefer
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Tiefer has brought under one cover the contributions of many political writers, and practicing senators and representatives. His 12-page introduction reveals the extent of his reliance on their works. The subtitle summarizes the totality of his coverage of the subject. . . . Tiefer's experiences in various positions serving senators and representatives as well as in his present positions at Georgetown University Law Center and as deputy general counsel of the House of Representatives have enabled him to examine thoroughly the procedures and practices in the detailed complexity of everyday life in the US Congress. "Choice" Tiefer's Congressional Practice and Procedure is the most current, complete, and scholarly treatise on the subject . . . a comprehensive, detailed, well-organized, and thoroughly researched guide. . . . Its thirteen heavily footnoted chapters are full of anecdotes and historical examples, some of them as current as Vice President Quayle, which weave together the formal, the historical, and the political aspects of congressional rules and functioning. . . . Advanced students thirsting for a sophisticated guide through the complexity and detail of congressional procedure will find it rewarding. "RQ" In national decisions on crucial issues such as taxing and spending, health, economic regulation, defense, civil rights, and many other policy areas Congress occupies a commanding position. And, while many observers know generally how Congress proceeds, only a few insiders understand the complexities of the process. Congressional Practice and Procedure systematically examines Congressional procedure beginning with a perspective on how procedure and power play off each other. Tiefer explains how Congress structures itself, including the vital processes of appointing members, and referring bills, to choice committees and follows the progress of bills through various committee and subcommittee processes. Tiefer discusses House floor procedure, the roles of the Speaker and other leaders, the intricacies of the complex special rules, and focuses on the strategies of majority and opposition floor managers. The book describes the delicate balance between the Senate leadership and powerful individual Senators, leadership perogatives and unanimous consent agreements, and discusses at length the revolution in filibusters and cloture in the 1970s and the 1980s. The author also discusses conference committees and the all-important budget-appropriations process. Meticulously documented with two thousand detailed textual footnotes to official, journalistic, and academic sources and an extensive bibliography, this authoritative and scholarly reference will be of immediate value to practicing attorneys, lobbyists, trade associations, and government relations specialists. Libraries, academicians and political science researchers will find it immensely useful as a major source of material on Congress.

Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

  • Filename: congressional-procedures-and-the-policy-process.
  • ISBN: 9781483304731
  • Release Date: 2013-03-11
  • Number of pages: 504
  • Author: Walter J. Oleszek
  • Publisher: SAGE

As a governing body, Congress continually adapts to changes in process and practice. This procedural context governs every aspect of the House and Senate and affects lawmakers as they make voting decisions, expedite or delay legislation, or defeat a bill. Walter Oleszek's definitive work, Congressional Pocedures and the Policy Process, examines how the majority and minority parties use procedural devices to achieve their political goals and offers an assessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. Not shying away from the complexity of the topic, Oleszek ensures that the machinations of Congress are understandable through an array of interesting examples, cases, and anecdotes that he is particularly well-positioned to witness and experience first-hand. Updates include an analysis of budget "brinksmanship," the increased used of "filling the tree" in the senate, and a look at how the oversight approach of Congress triggers legislative-executive clashes.

Defending the Filibuster

  • Filename: defending-the-filibuster.
  • ISBN: 9780253001917
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 261
  • Author: Richard A. Arenberg
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press

A veteran Senate aide and a former Senate Parliamentarian maintain that the filibuster is fundamental to the character of the Senate and protects the rights of the minority in American politics, assures stability and deliberation in government and helps to preserve constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.

Administrative Practice and Procedure

  • Filename: administrative-practice-and-procedure.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105062998385
  • Release Date: 1961
  • Number of pages: 26
  • Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure
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  • Filename: impeachment.
  • ISBN: 9781437922905
  • Release Date: 2010-01
  • Number of pages: 24
  • Author: Elizabeth B. Bazan
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

Contents: (1) Introduction; (2) Background: The Constitutional Framework; Judicial Decisions Related to Impeachment; Some Basic Research Tools to Assist in Impeachment Proceedings; A Brief History and Some Preliminary Issues Relating to Impeachment; Who Are ¿Civil Officers of the United States¿ Under Article II, Sec. 4 of the Constitution?; What Kinds of Conduct May Give Rise to an Impeachment?; (3) Conclusions and Other Observations.

Party and Procedure in the United States Congress

  • Filename: party-and-procedure-in-the-united-states-congress.
  • ISBN: 9781442211735
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Jacob R. Straus
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Party and Procedure in the United States Congress offers students and researchers an in-depth understanding of the procedural tools available to congressional leaders and committee chairs and how those tools are implemented in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and during negotiations between the chambers.

Role of the Senate in Judicial Impeachment Proceedings

  • Filename: role-of-the-senate-in-judicial-impeachment-proceedings.
  • ISBN: 9781437932317
  • Release Date: 2010-08
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author: Susan Navarro Smelcer
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

Contents: (1) Intro.; (2) Overview of the Impeachment Process in the House and Senate; (3) Rules Governing Senate Impeachment Proceedings; (4) Organizing the Senate for Trial; (5) Role of the Presiding Officer; (6) Use of an Impeachment Trial Committee: Org. and Respon. of the Committee; Procedure During the Preliminary Phase of Its Proceedings; Procedure During the Evidentiary Phase of Its Proceedings; Submitting a Report to the Full Senate; (7) Deliberation by the Full Senate; (8) Judgment by the Full Senate; (9) Length of Senate Impeachment Trials; (10) Concluding Observations; App. A. H. Res. 1031, Articles of Impeachment Against Judge G. Thomas Porteous; App. B. Chart of the Senate Impeachment Trial Process. Tables.

Forbidden Citizens

  • Filename: forbidden-citizens.
  • ISBN: 9781587332357
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 572
  • Author: Martin Gold
  • Publisher: The Capitol Net Inc

"Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates though faculty." -- CHOICE "[L]andmark volume on the subject of exclusionary policies against Chinese and Chinese Americans ... a valuable teaching tool ... an exemplary subject reference." -- Library Journal Named an Honor Book by the Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and a Gold Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award. A whole class of people, forbidden from ever becoming citizens . . . forbidden from even entering the country-their rights torn up and trampled on, left with no political redress. This was the United States of America from 1882 through 1943-if you had the misfortune to be Chinese. The United States Congress banned all Chinese from becoming U.S. citizens from 1882 through 1943, and stopped most Chinese from even entering the country starting in 1882. Forbidden Citizens recounts this long and shameful legislative history. Congress passed restrictive legislation between 1879 and 1904. The most notorious was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, described as "one of the most vulgar forms of barbarism," by Rep. John Kasson (R-IA) in 1882. These laws were targeted not only at immigration, they banned citizenship, even for legal immigrants who had arrived before the gate was closed in 1882. Barred from becoming voters, the Chinese had no political recourse against repeated discrimination. Because their appearance and lifestyle were so different, it was easy to tyrannize the Chinese. Insisting that the Chinese could not assimilate into American culture, lawmakers actively blocked them from doing so. Democrats and Republicans alike found the Chinese easy prey. For the first time, this book assembles the complete legislative history of Congress's Chinese exclusion. "Our nation has the greatest ideals, standing as that 'city upon a hill' for the world over to look toward with hope. Yet we have not always been as welcoming as we have proclaimed. Forbidden Citizens by Martin Gold tells the story of the exclusion of a specific group, the Chinese people, for racial reasons that were expressed in the most shocking terms. It is thorough, thoughtful, and highly relevant today. This work presents the best scholarship in the most accessible manner." -- Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law "Through engaging narrative, Forbidden Citizens expertly tells a story unfamiliar to most Americans, one that left a permanent scar upon the psyche of Chinese Americans and changed our nation forever. Martin Gold's thorough and pioneering research into decades of Congressional history brings to life the politics of Chinese exclusion in a way no one has." -- Judy Chu, United States Representative (D-CA) "Forbidden Citizens is a moving account of a regrettable part of American history. Marty Gold has done us all a service by bringing this story to light so that our past mistakes are never repeated." -- Scott Brown, United States Senator (R-MA) "An important piece of scholarship, which vividly depicts the intensity of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian feeling that was widespread even among our intellectual and political elite only a century ago." -- Stephen Hsu, Professor of Physics, University of Oregon For Complete Table of Contents, see

Supreme Court Nominations

  • Filename: supreme-court-nominations.
  • ISBN: 9781437919943
  • Release Date: 2009-12
  • Number of pages: 42
  • Author: Richard S. Beth
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

(1) Historical Trends in Floor Consid.: Begin. 1789-1834; Original Court, 1789; John Crittenden, 1828; Comm. Referral, 1835-1867; Robert Grier, 1846; Tyler Pres., 1844-45; Increased Formalization, 1868-1922; Wm. Woods, 1880; George Badger, 1853; Ebenezer Hoar, 1869; Calendar Call Formalized, 1922-67; Wm. Douglas, 1939; Unan. Consent Agree., 1968 to present; Wm. Rehnquist, 1971; (2) Character. of Floor Action: Forms and Varieties of Dispos.; Dispos. and the Extent of Oppos.; Length and Days of Floor Action; Extended Consid. and Oppos.; Procedural Complexity; Optional Procedural Actions; Calling Up Nomin.; Proceed. in the Course of Floor Action; Procedural Complexity and Oppos.; Relation Among Character. of Proceed.

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