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This comprehensive reference offers a complete institutional history of Congress. The 35 chapters of Guide to Congress, Seventh Edition, are divided into eight subject areas that cover all aspects of the U.S. Congress: Origins and Development of Congress, from the constitutional beginnings of the legislative branch to the histories of the House and Senate and their power shifts, eras of partisanship and unity, influential leaders, and working relationships with presidents. Coverage includes analysis of the tug-of-war between House Democrats and the George W. Bush administration on Iraq war withdrawal timetables, updates on criminal investigations of House members, including William J. Jefferson of Louisiana and Charles Rangel of New York, and analysis of the Tea Party Movement and new Republican majority. Powers of Congress, including powers ...

Constitutional Amendments
Constitutional amendments
David B.Tarr

The Constitution might never have been written if amending the Articles of Confederation had been easy. To make any change in that first charter required the consent of both the Continental Congress and every state.

In drafting a better amending procedure, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 had little guidance. Six of the thirteen state constitutions ...

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