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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 ...

Power of the Purse
Power of the purse
ChuckMcCutcheon

Of the numerous powers of Congress, the power of the purse is perhaps the most important. For two and a quarter centuries, the constitutional grant of the powers to tax, spend, and borrow has given the legislative branch paramount authority to command national resources and dedicate them to federal purposes. ...

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