|:||Congessional Quarterly, Inc.|
|Publish Date:||Dec 2012|
|Number of Pages:||250|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||8.5 x 11.5 x 0.5|
Here is a manageable starting point for library users who are undertaking the challenge of answering the riddle posed by the title. With this 5th edition, CQ Press has provided a reference work divided into four sections: Party Leadership, the Legislative Process, the Committee System, and the Congressional Staff. Selected bibliographies provide more in-depth reading on the subject. Librarians take note: the concluding section "Reference Materials" will answer those picky questions like who are the Senate floor leaders, or how many votes were taken in any given year by either the House or the Senate.
Verdict: The title says it all. A straightforward, all-you-need-to-know resource appropriate for all public and academic libraries.
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In simple, clear language, the new edition of this classic work presents basic explanations of the procedures and rules that govern the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Highlighted sidebars further detail the impact of congressional action with interesting narrative examples from history, along with charts and tables that provide a complete overview of congressional procedures. This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the changes on Capitol Hill since 2008. How Congress Works will help readers place recent events in the context of the entire picture of how Congress operates. A detailed index rounds out this introduction to the real Congress.