Summary: Congressional Procedures is the definitive work on how congressional rules, procedures, and traditions affect the course and content of legislation. From committee room to the floor, in the House and in the Senate, the fundamentals of lawmaking are made clear for the student of the legislative process. In a highly readable format-including dozens of lively examples, illustrations, charts, and extracts from real documents-the author explains the role of congressional ...show moreleadership, illustrates the use of strategic tactics such as the Senate's filibuster, and elucidates complicated parliamentary processes such as the amendment procedure. This edition maintains the approach, structure, and clarity of previous editions, but has been extensively updated through the first half of 1995. New to this edition is the addition of a wealth of material on changes in congressional procedures in the 1990s, including the elimination of proxy voting in committees and the super-majority vote required for passing income tax rate increases. On the staff of the Congressional Research Service, Oleszek brings invaluable insider's knowledge to discussion of congressional reform. Other examples addressed in the book of recent changes in congressional rules and their impact include: the recentralization of power in the Speaker; the shift from restrictive to open rules; the adoption of term limits for committee chairpersons; the elimination of joint referrals; limitations on committee assignments; and more system.