How Congress Works

How Congress Works

Book - 2008
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Sage Publications

In simple, clear language, the new edition of this classic CQ reference presents basic explanations of the procedures and rules that govern the Senate and the House. Highlighted sidebars further detail the impact of congressional action with interesting narrative examples from history, along with charts and tables that provide a complete overview of congressional procedures.


This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the substantial changes on Capitol Hill since the last edition was published a decade ago. How Congress Works helps readers place recent events in the context of the entire picture of how Congress operates.


Chapters include:

  • Party Leadership in Congress
  • The Legislative Process
  • The Committee System
  • Congressional Staff 
A detailed index rounds out this accessible and affordable introduction to the real Congress.

Book News
This guide to the practicalities of Congressional action explains how the party leadership, the legislative process, and the committee system, among other factors, affect the creation of legislation. Last published in 1998, the fourth edition updates the recent successes and failures of Senate and House leaders, and changes brought about by the Department of Homeland Security and new ethics rules. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2008
Edition: 4th ed
ISBN: 9780872899551
Characteristics: viii, 248 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Congressional Quarterly, inc


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