The new edition of this comprehensive, two-volume reference has been thoroughly revised and expanded by expert CQ Press writers—with years of experience covering Congress—to offer a complete institutional history of Congress along with updated insight and analysis on the 2008 and 2010 shifts in power of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
In the case City of Boerne v. Flores, the Supreme Court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Waltman offers the first book-length analysis of the act to show how this case contributes to an intense legal debate still ongoing today: Can and should the Supreme Court be the exclusive interpreter of the Constitution?
NOTE: NO FURTHER DISCOUNT FOR THIS PRINT PRODUCT--OVERSTOCK SALE -- Significantly reduced list price while supplies last Contains biographies of Senators, members of Congress, and the Judiciary. Also includes committee assignments, maps of Congressionaldistricts, a directory of officials of executive agencies, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, web addresses, and other information. "
Warring Factions focuses on the United States Senate's confirmation process, the constitutional process the Senate uses to approve or reject the president's choices to fill federal government positions. It is a book about history, the evolution, and, argubly, the decline of the process. Most significantly, it is a book that demonstrates the extent to which interest groups and money have transformed the Senate's confirmation process into a virtual circus. Based on in-depth research, including two dozen original interviews with United States senators, former senators and Senate staff members and interest group leaders, this volume demonstrates that today's confirmation process is nothing more than an extension of the Senate's legislative work. Changes to internal Senate norms in the 1960s and 1970s, coupled with changes to the external political environment, have allowed interest groups to dominate the Senate confirmation process.
Directory includes directory information for Congress, including officers, committees, and Congressional advisory boards, commissions and other groups, and legislative agencies; for the Executive branch including the Executive office of the president, each Cabinet agency, independent agencies, commisions and boards; for the Judiciary; for the goverment of the District of Columbia; for selected international organizations; for foreign diplomatic Offices in the United States; and for the Congressional press galleries. Includes also a short statistical section and Congressional district maps.