NEW TO THIS EDITION: Comprehensive updated coverage of Congress and the legislative process provides students with an insightful look at the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of re-election-minded politicians. A judicious balance of great scholarship and currency provides readers with a contemporary look at the realities of the legislative institution and process. Lively case material, along with relevant data, charts, exhibits, maps, and photos, brings concepts to life. New and updated links to congressional information, such as House and Senate floor schedules, committee reports and documents, and bill tracking information New data and information on various congressional procedures KEY FEATURES: Tables, charts, documents, and exhibits help students better understand the intricacies of the lawmaking process, including such illustrations as a House Committee Report, pages from the Congressional Record, timetables, calendars, schedules, floor plans and seating charts, an amendment tree, excerpts from an appropriations act, a cloture motion, and a conference report. A glossary of Congressional terms serves as a handy reference tool for students.