Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't / Robert G. Kaiser.
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- ISBN: 9780307700162 (hc)
- Physical Description: xxvi, 417 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Summary, etc.:|| Kaiser takes us behind the sound bites to expose the protocols, players, and politics of the House and Senate—-revealing both the triumphs of the system and (more often) its fundamental flaws. He explains how lobbying affects a bill—-or fails to. We follow staff members more influential than most senators and congressmen. We see how Congress members protect their own turf, often without regard for what might best serve the country—-more eager to court television cameras than legislate on complicated issues about which many of them remain ignorant. Kaiser shows how ferocious partisanship regularly overwhelms all other considerations, though occasionally individual integrity prevails. Here is a guide to a vital piece of our political system desperately in need of reform.
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