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The Senate is a place where political minorities and individual members hold great power, resting on authority drawn from Senate rules and over two hundred years of related precedents and traditions. The minority has and will always have a clear and important voice on issues brought to the Senate floor, and it is this distinction from the majority rule of the House that has enabled the Senate to work as well as it has since our democracy's inception. Now in its third edition, Senate Procedure and Practice explains why and how the Senate has worked for more than 200 years. It includes the updated modifications of procedures governing Senate debate, amendment rights, and the formation of conferences. The book is filled with fascinating stories and insights that highlight why certain rules are in place, how they are practiced, and the ways in which those practices have changed throughout history as our federal government and the needs of our electorate have evolved. Anyone with an interest in the pillars of Senate procedure and practice will find a useful companion in this book.
(1) Historical Trends in Floor Consid.: Begin. 1789-1834; Original Court, 1789; John Crittenden, 1828; Comm. Referral, 1835-1867; Robert Grier, 1846; Tyler Pres., 1844-45; Increased Formalization, 1868-1922; Wm. Woods, 1880; George Badger, 1853; Ebenezer Hoar, 1869; Calendar Call Formalized, 1922-67; Wm. Douglas, 1939; Unan. Consent Agree., 1968 to present; Wm. Rehnquist, 1971; (2) Character. of Floor Action: Forms and Varieties of Dispos.; Dispos. and the Extent of Oppos.; Length and Days of Floor Action; Extended Consid. and Oppos.; Procedural Complexity; Optional Procedural Actions; Calling Up Nomin.; Proceed. in the Course of Floor Action; Procedural Complexity and Oppos.; Relation Among Character. of Proceed.
Contents: (1) Introduction; (2) Background: The Constitutional Framework; Judicial Decisions Related to Impeachment; Some Basic Research Tools to Assist in Impeachment Proceedings; A Brief History and Some Preliminary Issues Relating to Impeachment; Who Are ┬┐Civil Officers of the United States┬┐ Under Article II, Sec. 4 of the Constitution?; What Kinds of Conduct May Give Rise to an Impeachment?; (3) Conclusions and Other Observations.

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