Senate Procedure and Practice
Author: Martin Gold
The U.S. Senate is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body. And that is for good reason. The Senate Chamber-from its inception to its Golden Age to the present day-has been the setting for some of the most moving, decisive, and consequential debates in American history. But how does the Senate work? Senate Procedure and Practice not only answers this question, but also explains and illustrates why the Senate has worked so well for more than two hundred years.
This practical, real-world explanation focuses on the three pillars of legislative procedure: the Senate rules, the parliamentary interpretations of the Senate rules, and the statutes that impose procedural rules. This book is filled with fascinating stories and insights that highlight why a given rule is in place and how it is practiced. Now in its second edition, this book has been updated to discuss the impact the Democratic takeover has had on basic Senate procedures and practices, including the much-discussed Rule XXVIII.
About the Author:
Martin B. Gold is a partner in Covington & Burling's Washington office and is cochair of the firm's Legislative Practice Group
Table of Contents:
1 Senate Procedure and Practice 1
2 Legislative Business 13
3 Floor Debates 37
4 Legislation and Committee Procedures 71
5 Bills and Joint Resolutions 79
6 The Amendment Process 89
7 Voting in the Senate 113
8 Finalizing Legislation to Send to the President's Desk 119
9 The Appropriations and Budget Processes 135
10 Executive Business and the Executive Calendar 159
Appendix A The Standing Rules of the Senate 171
Appendix B Other Standing Rules 223
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The Enemies List: Flushing Out Liberals in the Age of Clinton
Author: P J ORourk
Written with the same acerbic wit and infectious humor that have made P. J. O'Rourke one of the most popular political satirists of all time, The Enemies List will keep you howling and his enemies scowling. From Noam Chomsky to Yoko Ono, from Peter, Paul, and Mary (yes, they're still alive) to all the people who think quartz crystals cure herpes, from Ralph Nader to the entire country of Sweden, P. J. O'Rourke has created a roster of the most useless, politically disgraceful, and downright foolish people around. Although a ratings system of S=Silly, VS=Very Silly, SML=Shirley MacLaine was ultimately cast aside, the distinguishing feature of the cluster of dunces presented here is silliness, not political subversion. The Enemies List began as an article in the American Spectator and, as readers contributed their own suggestions, quickly grew into a hilarious and slashing commentary on politician and celebrities alike.
The ghosts of Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon live on through political humorist O'Rourke's compilation of his New Enemies list. Debuting in 1989 in the conservative monthly American Spectator, it has since appeared annually. Readers of the magazine responded to the list by gleefully sending in their own nominees of individuals and organizations deemed too "politically correct." Thus, feminists, liberals, any elected Democrat at any level, various organizations (including the American Library Association), celebrities, TV talking heads, and the like are skewered here. Funny as the columns and reader comments are (even to liberals), in book form it's a one-joke, redundant whine. If your library doesn't have anything by O'Rourke and doesn't carry American Spectator, buy this; otherwise, save the money and interlibrary loan the magazine. Better yet, buy some of O'Rourke's previous books.-Pamela R. Daubenspeck, Warren-Trumbull Cty. P.L., Ohio