By Robert G. Kaiser
An eye-opening account of ways Congress this day quite works—and doesn’t—that follows the dramatic trip of the sweeping monetary reform invoice enacted in line with the good Crash of 2008.
The founding fathers anticipated Congress to be crucial department of presidency and gave it the main strength. whilst Congress is broken—as its justifiably dismal approval rankings suggest—so is our democracy. right here, Robert G. Kaiser, whose lengthy and wonderful profession at The Washington Post has made him as prepared and a professional an observer of Congress as we've, takes us in the back of the sound bites to show the protocols, avid gamers, and politics of the home and Senate—revealing either the triumphs of the method and (more usually) its primary flaws.
Act of Congress tells the tale of the Dodd-Frank Act, named for the 2 males who made it attainable: Congressman Barney Frank, excellent and infrequently abrasive, who mastered the main points of monetary reform, and Senator Chris Dodd, who labored patiently for months to meet his imaginative and prescient of a Senate which can nonetheless paintings on a bipartisan foundation. either Frank and Dodd collaborated with Kaiser all through their legislative efforts and allowed their staffs to proportion each step of the drafting and deal making that produced the 1,500-page legislation that remodeled America’s monetary zone.
Kaiser explains how lobbying impacts a bill—or fails to. We persist with employees individuals extra influential than so much senators and congressmen. We see how Congress participants guard their very own turf, frequently with no regard for what may most sensible serve the country—more desirous to courtroom tv cameras than legislate on advanced matters approximately which a lot of them stay ignorant. Kaiser exhibits how ferocious partisanship frequently overwhelms all different issues, notwithstanding sometimes person integrity prevails.
Act of Congress, as enjoyable because it is enlightening, is an crucial consultant to a necessary piece of our political process desperately wanting reform.
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Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't by Robert G. Kaiser