Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, by Robert G. Kaiser

By Robert G. Kaiser

An eye-opening account of the way Congress at the present time fairly works—and doesn’t—that follows the dramatic trip of the sweeping monetary reform invoice enacted based on 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 scores suggest—so is our democracy. the following, Robert G. Kaiser, whose lengthy and distinct profession at The Washington Post has made him as willing and an expert an observer of Congress as we've got, takes us in the back of the sound bites to show the protocols, gamers, and politics of the home and Senate—revealing either the triumphs of the procedure 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, amazing and occasionally 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 could 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 reworked America’s monetary zone.

Kaiser explains how lobbying impacts a bill—or fails to. We keep on with employees participants extra influential than such a lot senators and congressmen. We see how Congress individuals defend their very own turf, frequently with out regard for what may top serve the country—more wanting to court docket tv cameras than legislate on complex concerns approximately which a lot of them stay ignorant. Kaiser exhibits how ferocious partisanship usually overwhelms all different concerns, notwithstanding sometimes person integrity prevails.

Act of Congress, as exciting because it is enlightening, is an essential advisor to a necessary piece of our political process desperately wanting reform.

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