By Charles B. Cushman
What does Congress do? How does it do it? Why is it this sort of complex establishment? This concise primer bargains scholars and normal readers a short and systematic advent to Congress and the function it performs within the US political approach. Drawing on his adventure as a former Congressional employees member, the writer explores the various political natures of the home and Senate, examines Congress's interplay with different branches of the government, and appears forward to the family and overseas demanding situations which are more likely to force the Congressional time table for many years to come back. The e-book offers revealing insights into the sometimes-contradictory Congressional duties of illustration and lawmaking; oversight and appropriation; and coping with and organizing the govt.. It encompasses a case learn (on the formation of the dept of place of origin safety) that sheds mild on Congress's often-complicated systems. The publication additionally contains boxed good points on Congressional motion - highlighting such themes as dossier sharing and scholar loans - that express scholars how Congress's paintings impacts their lives. Chapter-ending lists of internet assets upload to the book's usefulness.
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An Introduction to the U.s. Congress by Charles B. Cushman