Congressional Intent (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - Political Science - 167 pages
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This volume examines the shift in the emphasis of the Congress from a deliberative body to a focal point for political pressures. The Executive, other federal departments, special interest groups, and professional lobbyists exert increasing, and what some believe is undue, influence on Congress. "Invisible handshakes" with special interests and political action committees--as opposed to study and deliberation--have an increasing impact on the drafting of legislation. This work analyzes these and other problems and offers some recommendations for change. It also gives a "firsthand" account of some of the important debates and issues which have shaped Congressional procedures.
  

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Contents

Prologue
3
Study and Deliberation in Congress
9
Congress as a Study and Deliberative Body
10
Invisible Handshakes Become Visible
13
Ex Parte in Camera versus Open Debate
15
Voting Based on Hearings Transcripts
20
Integrity of the Committee Forum
21
Congress and the Presidents
31
Junkets
91
The Germaneness Issue
95
What Is Germane?
97
Jurisdiction Conflicts
99
Rules of the House
102
Unanimous Consent Defenses
106
Committee and Rules Strategies
111
The Markup Session
112

Imperial Presidency
32
War Powers Resolution
34
Power Strategies Forum Shopping
36
Pressures from the Opposition Party
39
Lobbyist Strategies and the Presidency
40
The Will of the House
45
ConsensusAdversaries
47
Partisan Politics
52
Facts and Fair Argument
54
Influence of Minority
57
Committees House of Representatives
63
Evolution of House Committees
65
Testimony before Committees
68
Committees of the House
70
Committee Staffing
73
Executive Strategies
81
Separation of Powers
82
Liasons
85
Logrolling
87
Committee Shopping
90
Waiving Points of Order
114
SenateHouse Conference Bills
115
The Christmas Tree Bill
117
Closed Rules
118
Special Interest and Lobbyist Agenda
125
The Tunnel Vision Syndrome
126
Tactics and Maneuvers
127
Legislators as Lobbyists
130
Blueprint for Reform
133
Professionally Audit Congress from Outside
134
Stop ex Parte in Camera Contact
135
Stick to Representation Not Ombudsmanship
136
Limit Terms of Office in Both Houses
137
Stregthen Federal Elections Commission
138
Curb Special Interest Access
139
Epilogue
140
Bibliography
143
Index
159
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THOMAS B. CURTIS is an attorney with the firm of Curtis, Oetting, Heinz, Garrett & Soule, P.C. and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1951 to 1969.DONALD L. WESTERFIELD is a Professor in the Graduate School of Webster University.

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