The Resource How Congress works and why you should care, Lee H. Hamilton, (electronic resource/)

How Congress works and why you should care, Lee H. Hamilton, (electronic resource/)

Label
How Congress works and why you should care
Title
How Congress works and why you should care
Statement of responsibility
Lee H. Hamilton
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
How Congress Works is a concise introduction to the functions, role, and impact of the US Congress by eminent former Indiana Congressman Lee H. Hamilton. He has written in in the context of his Center on Congress whose nonpartisan purposes is to explain Congress to ordinary people. The writing is straightforward and easy to read, sprinkled with personal stories about interactions with Congressional colleagues and constituents from Hamiltons long experience
Dewey number
328.73
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1021
LC item number
.H36 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
How Congress works and why you should care, Lee H. Hamilton, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=143094
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- [Pt.] 1. The role of Congress. Why Congress exists ; Core principle: sovereignty of the people ; Core principle: balancing powers in government ; Congress and the President ; Why federalism works ; Key power: passing the basic laws of the land ; Key power: controlling the purse ; Key power: shaping foreign policy ; Congress and individual liberties ; The roots of our success -- [Pt.] 2. The impact of Congress. Congress and the fabric of our lives ; Governments greatest endeavors ; An ordinary day ; Congress does more work than meets the eye ; A balanced view of Congress ; Members of Congress who had an impact -- [Pt.] 3. How Congress works. A complex institution ; An evolving institution ; The many roles of a member of Congress ; Representing constituents ; How a bill really becomes law ; Why we need more politicians ; Power in Congress ; The House and the Senate ; The awesome responsibility of voting ; The frustrations and rewards of Congress -- [Pt.] 4. Public criticisms of Congress. Legislators are a bunch of crooks ; Theres too much wasteful, pork-barrel spending by Congress ; Legislators just bicker and never get anything done ; You cant trust what members of Congress say ; Congress almost seems designed to promote total gridlock ; Members of Congress compromise too much ; Theres too much money in politics today ; Members are out of touch with their constituents ; Congress is run by lobbyists and special interests ; Conclusion -- [Pt.] 5. Key ways Congress could work better. Declining civility ; The importance of good process ; Better White House/Congress consultation ; True congressional oversight ; Improving ethics enforcement ; Thinking about the future ; The money chase ; Improving public understanding of Congress ; Tackling the tough issues ; Congress and the common good ; Conclusion -- [Pt.] 6. Civic participation. A failure to communicate ; Being more involved in the work of Congress ; The cornerstones of active citizenship ; Making your views known to Congress ; Individuals who have made a difference ; Can the people govern? ; Strengthening representative democracy -- Appendix: communicating with Congress
Control code
ocm62335734
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Label
How Congress works and why you should care, Lee H. Hamilton, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=143094
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- [Pt.] 1. The role of Congress. Why Congress exists ; Core principle: sovereignty of the people ; Core principle: balancing powers in government ; Congress and the President ; Why federalism works ; Key power: passing the basic laws of the land ; Key power: controlling the purse ; Key power: shaping foreign policy ; Congress and individual liberties ; The roots of our success -- [Pt.] 2. The impact of Congress. Congress and the fabric of our lives ; Governments greatest endeavors ; An ordinary day ; Congress does more work than meets the eye ; A balanced view of Congress ; Members of Congress who had an impact -- [Pt.] 3. How Congress works. A complex institution ; An evolving institution ; The many roles of a member of Congress ; Representing constituents ; How a bill really becomes law ; Why we need more politicians ; Power in Congress ; The House and the Senate ; The awesome responsibility of voting ; The frustrations and rewards of Congress -- [Pt.] 4. Public criticisms of Congress. Legislators are a bunch of crooks ; Theres too much wasteful, pork-barrel spending by Congress ; Legislators just bicker and never get anything done ; You cant trust what members of Congress say ; Congress almost seems designed to promote total gridlock ; Members of Congress compromise too much ; Theres too much money in politics today ; Members are out of touch with their constituents ; Congress is run by lobbyists and special interests ; Conclusion -- [Pt.] 5. Key ways Congress could work better. Declining civility ; The importance of good process ; Better White House/Congress consultation ; True congressional oversight ; Improving ethics enforcement ; Thinking about the future ; The money chase ; Improving public understanding of Congress ; Tackling the tough issues ; Congress and the common good ; Conclusion -- [Pt.] 6. Civic participation. A failure to communicate ; Being more involved in the work of Congress ; The cornerstones of active citizenship ; Making your views known to Congress ; Individuals who have made a difference ; Can the people govern? ; Strengthening representative democracy -- Appendix: communicating with Congress
Control code
ocm62335734
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote

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