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The Resource Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't, Robert G. Kaiser

Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't, Robert G. Kaiser

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Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't
Title
Act of Congress
Title remainder
how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't
Statement of responsibility
Robert G. Kaiser
Title variation
Act of Congress
Title variation remainder
how Americas essential institution works, and how it doesnt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is an account of how Congress today really works, and doesn't, that follows the dramatic journey of the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008. The founding fathers expected Congress to be the most important branch of government and gave it the most power. When Congress is broken, as its justifiably dismal approval ratings suggest, so is our democracy. Here, the author, whose career at The Washington Post has made him a keen and knowledgeable observer of Congress, takes us behind the sound bites to expose the protocols, players, and politics of the House and Senate, revealing both the triumphs of the system and (more often) its fundamental flaws. This book tells the story of the Dodd-Frank Act, named for the two men who made it possible: Congressman Barney Frank, brilliant and sometimes abrasive, who mastered the details of financial reform, and Senator Chris Dodd, who worked patiently for months to fulfill his vision of a Senate that could still work on a bipartisan basis. Both Frank and Dodd collaborated with the author throughout their legislative efforts and allowed their staffs to share every step of the drafting and deal making that produced the 1,500-page law that transformed America's financial sector. The author explains how lobbying affects a bill, or fails to. We follow staff members more influential than most senators and congressmen. We see how Congress members protect their own turf, often without regard for what might best serve the country, more eager to court television cameras than legislate on complicated issues about which many of them remain ignorant. In this book the author shows how ferocious partisanship regularly overwhelms all other considerations, though occasionally individual integrity prevails
Summary
Documents the journey of a financial reform bill in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse by focusing on two of the major players behind the legislation--Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Christopher Dodd
Writing style
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10175938
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DLC
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1943-
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Kaiser, Robert G.
Dewey number
346.73/082
Index
index present
LC call number
HG181
LC item number
.K25 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • United States
  • United States.
  • United States
  • Global Financial Crisis (2008-2009)
  • USA
  • Financial services industry
  • Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
  • Financial services industry
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't
Label
Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't, Robert G. Kaiser
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-400) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Principal organizations and institutions -- "I could hear everyone gulp" -- The man who wasn't gray -- What is to be done? -- An orgy of outrage -- A politician for life -- Back in the game -- "Downtown" takes the lead -- A rich variety of humanity -- Politics first -- An impotent minority -- Peddling influence -- "We've got an opportunity here" -- In the legislative weeds -- Making sausage -- Looking for a path -- The House acts -- Searching for consensus -- More tactical maneuvers -- On the Senate floor at last -- Staff warfare -- The Senate acts -- Conference committee -- Endgame -- Still broken
Control code
ocn793579064
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvi, 417 pages
Isbn
9780307700162
Lccn
2012038245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)793579064
Label
Act of Congress : how America's essential institution works, and how it doesn't, Robert G. Kaiser
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-400) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Principal organizations and institutions -- "I could hear everyone gulp" -- The man who wasn't gray -- What is to be done? -- An orgy of outrage -- A politician for life -- Back in the game -- "Downtown" takes the lead -- A rich variety of humanity -- Politics first -- An impotent minority -- Peddling influence -- "We've got an opportunity here" -- In the legislative weeds -- Making sausage -- Looking for a path -- The House acts -- Searching for consensus -- More tactical maneuvers -- On the Senate floor at last -- Staff warfare -- The Senate acts -- Conference committee -- Endgame -- Still broken
Control code
ocn793579064
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvi, 417 pages
Isbn
9780307700162
Lccn
2012038245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)793579064

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