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Student's guide to Congress

Author: Bruce J Schulman
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2009.
Series: Student's guide to the U.S. government series, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a collection of essays, alphabetical entries on key topics, and primary source documents that cover the history of the U.S. Congress, its legislative activites, and members.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce J Schulman
ISBN: 9780872895546 0872895548
OCLC Number: 232129878
Description: xix, 379 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Reader's guide --
About the advisory editor --
Preface --
Historical milestones of the U.S. Congress, 1789-2008 : a timeline --
pt. 1. Essays --
Members of Congress : who gets elected? --
Who elects them? --
The way Congress works : how does an idea become a law? --
Who is running America, Congress or the President? pt. 2. Congress A to Z --
Abscam --
Ad hoc committees --
Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) --
African Americans in Congress --
Decision makers : Barack Obama (1961- ) --
The Albany Plan of Union --
Amending the Constitution --
Justice for all : the Equal Rights Amendment --
Spotlight : Amendments not ratified by the states --
Appropriations bills --
Army-McCarthy hearings --
Articles of Confederation --
Asian Americans in Congress --
Decision makers : Patsy Mink (1927-2002) --
Balanced Budget Amendment --
Point/counterpoint : for and against a balanced budget amendment --
Bicameralism --
Bill of Rights --
Bills, Private --
Bipartisanship --
Calendars, House of Representatives --
Calendars, Senate --
Campaign finance --
Point/counterpoint : should Congressional elections be publicly financed? --
Capitol --
Spotlight : the Capitol Police --
Capitol, Architect of the --
Spotlight : Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) --
Capitol subways --
Caucuses --
Censure --
Census --
Checks and balances --
Citizenship and naturalization --
Spotlight : who is a citizen? --
Justice for all : Congressional authority over aliens --
Civil Rights Act (1964) --
Civil rights issues and lobbyists --
Classes of Senators --
Cloakroom --
Spotlight : smoking in Congress --
Cloture --
Commerce clause --
Committees --
Spotlight : loss of committee positions --
Conference committees --
Confirmation power of the Senate --
Congress and commerce --
Congress, Constitutional origins of --
Decision makers : Robert C. Byrd (1917- ) --
Congressional black caucus --
Decision makers : Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) --
Congressional Hispanic caucus --
Decision makers : Baltasar Corrada (1935- ) and Herman Badillo (1939- ) --
Congressional immunity --
Congressional investigations --
Spotlight : politics and Congressional investigations --
Congressional office buildings --
Congressional pay and benefits --
Spotlight : the Madison Amendment --
Congressional Record --
Congressional Research Service --
Congressional staff --
Congressional travel allowances --
Congressional voting methods --
Connecticut Compromise --
Decision makers : Roger Sherman (1721-1793) --
Constituents and Congress --
Constitution of the United States --
Constitutional Amendments affecting the Presidency --
Constitutional Convention --
Contempt of Congress --
Continental Congresses --
Declaration of Independence --
District of Columbia --
Elections, House of Representatives --
Decision makers : Henry Clay (1777-1852) --
Elections, Senatorial --
Spotlight : disputed Senate elections --
Electoral college and electors --
Ethics, Congressional --
Exclusion of members of Congress --
Expressed powers --
Federalism --
Federalist, The --
Decision makers : James Madison (1751-1836) --
Filibuster --
Foreign policy powers --
Point/counterpoint : should Congressional leaders conduct foreign policy? --
Franking --
Gavel --
Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) --
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964) --
Hispanic Americans in Congress --
Decision makers : Romualdo Pacheco (1831-1899) --
House of Representatives --
Decision makers : Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973) --
How a bill becomes law --
Impeachment power --
Spotlight : Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) and Bill Clinton (1946- ) --
Impeachment rules, Senate --
Implied powers --
Impoundment --
Interns, Congressional --
Iran-Contra hearings --
Iraq War Resolution (2002) --
Spotlight : no unlimited force --
Joint committees --
Joint session --
Judicial review --
Decision makers : Marbury v. Madison --
Legislative Reorganization Act (1946) --
Library of Congress --
Spotlight : Thomas Jefferson's library --
Limited government --
Line-item veto --
Lobbying and Congress --
Mace --
Majority leader --
Media and Congress --
Midterm elections --
Minority leader --
Missouri Compromise --
New Jersey Plan --
Decision makers : William Paterson (1745-1806) --
New states, Admission of --
Nineteenth Amendment (1920) --
Non-voting members of Congress --
Oath of office, Congressional --
Pages, Congressional --
Parliamentarian --
Party whips --
Decision makers : Joe Cannon (1836-1926) --
Patronage --
Justice for all : rise and fall of the spoils system --
Political parties and Congress --
Popular sovereignty --
Pork-barrel spending --
Power of the purse --
Power to raise an army --
Justice for all : the draft or a professional military? --
Power to select the President --
Point/counterpoint : should the electoral college be abolished? --
President and Congress --
Justice for all : Congress and executive privileges --
President pro tempore --
Public interest groups --
Reapportionment --
Redistricting --
Decision makers : the census : who should be counted? --
Rules, House and Senate --
Senate --
Decision makers : Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861) --
Senatorial courtesy --
Seniority system --
Separation of powers --
Sergeant at arms --
Sessions of Congress --
Spotlight : the early Senate --
Seventeenth Amendment (1913) --
Speaker of the House of Representatives --
Decision makers : Nancy Pelosi (1940- ) --
Spoils system --
Supreme Court and Congress --
Justice for all : court packing --
Teapot Dome Scandal --
Television coverage of Congress --
Terms and sessions --
Thirteen Colonies, Settling of the --
Treaty power --
Spotlight : the Kyoto Protocol --
Decision makers : the House and the treaty power --
Two-thirds rule --
Vetoes and veto overrides --
Vice President --
Decision makers : Vice President as tie breaker --
Virginia Plan --
Decision makers : Edmund Randolph (1753-1813) --
Voting Rights Act (1965) --
War powers --
Decision makers : Congress vs. the Vietnam War --
War Powers Resolution (1973) --
Watergate hearings --
Whitewater investigations --
Women in Congress --
Decision makers : Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947- ) --
Zone whips. pt. 3. Primary source library --
United States Constitution, Article I, Sections 1-7, 1789 --
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, 1789 --
United States Constitution, Article II, Sections 2, 3, and 4, 1789 --
South Carolina Electoral Vote Document, 1789 --
Twelfth Amendment, 1804 --
Henry Clay in Support of the War of 1812 --
Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824 --
House Procedure for the Election of John Quincy Adams, 1825 --
Resolution Annexing Texas to the United States, 1845 --
Article of Impeachment Against Andrew Johnson, 1868 --
Congressional Government, 1885 --
Seventeenth Amendment, 1913 --
Point/counterpoint : should the Seventeenth Amendment be repealed? --
Nineteenth Amendment, 1920 --
Citizens Seek Changes in Volstead Act, 1932 --
Prohibition Repealed, 1933 --
Twentieth Amendment, 1933 --
U.S. Declaration of War on Japan, 1941 --
U.S. Declaration of War on Germany, 1941 --
McCarthy Telegram to Truman, 1950 --
Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1954 --
Twenty-Fifth Amendment, 1967 --
War Powers Resolution, 1973 --
Articles of Impeachment Against Richard M. Nixon, 1974 --
Articles of impeachment Against William Jefferson Clinton, 1998 --
Letter to President Bush Urging Him to End the War in Iraq, 2007 --
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, 2007 --
Using primary sources --
Glossary --
Selected bibliography --
General index.
Series Title: Student's guide to the U.S. government series, v. 2.
Responsibility: advisory editor, Bruce J. Schulman.
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