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Published: 03 August 2016

168 Pages

4-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780190280147

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The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Donald A. Ritchie

Very Short Introductions

  • Written by one the leading authorities on the U.S. Congress
  • Approaches the subject in an informed and accessible manner, critical but not cynical
  • Uses both political science and history to examine the legislative behavior, parliamentary language, and evolution of practice in Congress
  • Provides a concise tour of a vital institution in the American political and legislative process

New to this Edition:

  • References to the recent leadership in both bodies, specifically Speaker John Boehner, House majority leaders Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are already quoted)
  • The spate of congressional investigations against the Obama administration; the House censure of the attorney general; and congressional protests over the president's use of executive orders
  • More information on the ever-growing numbers of women and minority members in both houses
  • Definitions for the latest legislative terminology, from "regular order" to "cromnibus"
  • Expanded section on Notable Films on Congress

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