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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 ...

History of the House
History of the house
Stephen W.Stathis

When the thirtieth of the fifty-nine representatives elected to the First Congress reached New York on April 1, 1789, the assembled quorum promptly chose as Speaker of the House Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania. The next day Muhlenberg appointed a committee of eleven representatives to draw up the first ...

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