The Legislative Branch of Federal Government: People, Process, and Politics, 1st Edition

  • Gary P. Gershman
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  • ISBN-10: 1851097171
  • ISBN-13: 9781851097173
  • DDC: 328.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 511 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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In just the past decade, the U.S. Congress has pursued investigations and impeachment, overhauled welfare and Medicare, declared war, wrestled with ethics issues, worked in bipartisan spirit and dissolved in partisan rancor. And in this media age, the inner workings (and very different styles) of the House and Senate have been exposed to the public like never before.

Spanning the history of the federal system of government of the United States, The Legislative Branch of Federal Government: People, Process, and Politics looks at the evolution of the U.S. Congress over the past 225-plus years, then describes its current structure, responsibilities, and daily operations.

Readers will learn how congressional powers have changed with different interpretations of the Constitution, how a colorful gallery of power brokers (famous and infamous) made its mark, and how politics (both electoral and within the Capitol) affects legislation, oversight efforts, and other actions. The volume includes a "mini-pedia" of alphabetically organized entries and the concluding chapter highlights some fascinating examples of interactions between Congress and the other branches of federal government.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Guide to Related Topics.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: History of the Legislative Branch.
2: U.S. Constitution and the Federal Legislature.
3: Roles, Functions, and Powers.
4: Structure and Process.
5: The People Who Serve.
6: The Politics of the Federal Legislature.
7: Interactions with Other Government Branches.
Glossary of Concepts and People.
8: Documents.
9: John Adams, Thoughts on Government (1776).
10: United States Constitution (1787), Article I (Excerpts).
11: Thomas Jefferson, “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank” (1791).
12: Alexander Hamilton, “Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States” (1791).
13: Marbury v. Madison (1803).
14: McCulloch v. Maryland (1819).
15: Gibbons v. Ogden (1824).
16: Andrew Jackson, “Veto of Maysville Road Bill” (1830).
17: Andrew Jackson, “Veto Message Regarding the Bank of the United States” (1832).
18: Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States (March 1, 1845).
19: Amendments Proposed in Congress by Senator John J. Crittenden (December 18, 1860).
20: The Wade-Davis Manifesto (August 5, 1864).
21: The Civil Rights Act (1866).
22: Articles of Impeachment for Andrew Johnson (1868).
23: Slaughterhouse Cases (1873).
24: Civil Rights Cases (1883).
25: Wabash, St. L. & P. RY. Co. v. People of State of Illinois (1886).
26: The Interstate Commerce Act (1887).
27: United States v. E. C. Knight Co. (1895).
28: United States Constitution—Amendment XVI.
29: United States Constitution—Amendment XVII.
30: Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States (1935).
31: United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation (1936).
32: West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish et al. (1936).
33: National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. (1937).
34: Steward Machine Company v. Davis (1937).
35: United States v. Darby (1940).
36: Wickard, Secretary of Agriculture, et al. v. Filburn (1942).
37: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. et al. v. Sawyer [Steel Seizure Case] (1952).
38: Southern Declaration on Integration (1956).
39: Civil Rights Act (1964).
40: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964).
41: Katzenbach v. McClung (1964).
42: Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States et al. (1964).
43: Voting Rights Act (1965).
44: Joint Resolution Concerning the War Powers of Congress and the President (1973).
45: Veto of War Powers Resolution (1973).
46: Articles of Impeachment of President Nixon (1974).
47: Crockett v. Reagan (1982).
48: Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha et al. (1983).
49: Dellums v. Bush (1990).
50: Republican Contract with America (1994).
51: United States, Petitioner v. Alfonso Lopez, Jr. (1995).
52: City of Boerne v. P. F. Flores, Archbishop of San Antonio, and United States (1997).
53: Articles of Impeachment of President Clinton (1998).
54: United States v. Morrison et al. (2000).
55: Campbell v. Clinton (2000).
56: Iraq War Resolution (2002).
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.