Memorials and Monuments in the Nation s Capital

Author: Julius Hines
Publisher:
ISBN: 1634855914
Release Date: 2016-11-13
Genre:

In 1986, in an effort to create a statutory process for the creation, design, and construction of commemorative works in the District of Columbia, Congress debated and passed the Commemorative Works Act (CWA). This book examines the evolving process by which memorials have been proposed, approved, and constructed in the District of Columbia. Since the enactment of the CWA, Congress has authorized 31 commemorative works to be placed in the District of Columbia or its environs. This book contains a catalog of 18 authorized works that have been completed and dedicated since 1986. For each memorial, the book provides a rationale for each authorized work, as expressed by a Member of Congress, as well as the statutory authority for its creation; and identifies the group or groups which sponsored the commemoration, the memorials location, and the dedication date. Furthermore, this book provides a status update on eight in-progress memorials and five memorials with lapsed authorizations. The final section of this book focuses on options for Congress for four types of exemptions to the CWA: siting works, use of specific materials, memorial completion deadlines, and the placement and status of museums.

House Office of Congressional Ethics

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1055226895
Release Date: 2015
Genre:

This report describes the history and rationale behind the creation of the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), its operations, and its relationship with the House Committee on Ethics, and potential options available for Congress if further amendments to the House ethics process are desired.

Administering Green Programs in Congress

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1053528509
Release Date: 2011
Genre:

This report discusses "green" programs and the higher profile they have gained since the 110th Congress. "Green" programs are those designed to create an environmentally friendly work environment and conserve energy. This report discusses initiatives and policy options that would improve the "greening" process on Capitol Hill.

Lobbying the Executive Branch

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781437926484
Release Date: 2010-04
Genre:

Contents: (1) Statutory Coverage for Exec. Branch (EB) Officials: Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995; Lobbying Disclosure Tech. Amend. Act of 1998; Honest Leadership and Open Gov'¿¿t. Act of 2007; (2) Obama Admin. Lobbying Policies: EB Ethics Pledge; Restrictions on Emerg. Econ. Stabilization Act Funds Lobbying, and Recovery Act Funds Lobbying; Recovery Act Guidance for Lobbyist Commun.; Restrictions on Lobbyists Serving on Fed. Advisory Comm.; (3) 3rd-Party Critiques of EB Lobbying Policies: Recovery Act Lobbying Policies; Fed. Advisory Comm. Member; (4) Options for Change: Amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act; Create a Central EB Disclosure Database; Take No Action. Appendix: Cabinet-Level Exec. Dept'¿¿s. Recovery Act Websites.

Dear Colleague Letters

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:269366630
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Legislators

"Dear Colleague" letters are correspondence signed by Members of Congress and distributed in bulk to their colleagues. Such correspondence is often used by one or more Members to persuade others to cosponsor, support, or oppose a bill. "Dear Colleague" letters also inform Members about new or modified congressional operations or about events connected to congressional business. A Member or group of Members might send a "Dear Colleague" letter to all of their colleagues in a chamber, to Members of the other chamber, or to a subset of Members, such as all Democrats or Republicans. The use of the phrase "Dear Colleague" to refer to a widely distributed letter among Members dates at least to the start of the 20th century, and refers to the generic salutation of these letters. New technologies and expanded use of the Internet have increased the speed and facilitated the process of distributing "Dear Colleague" letters.

Commemorative Days Weeks and Months

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1055256283
Release Date: 2016
Genre:

This report summarizes the different types of commemorative time periods--federal holidays; patriotic and national observances; and commemorative days, weeks, and months. Second, it discusses the current rules in the House and Senate that govern this type of legislation. Finally, the report discusses options for Congress, including introducing legislation in the House and Senate, and asking the president to issue a proclamation.

Party and Procedure in the United States Congress

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442258747
Release Date: 2016-07-15
Genre: Political Science

Understanding how Congressional political parties utilize floor procedure to advance a legislative agenda is fundamental to understanding how Congress operates. This book offers students and researchers an in-depth understanding of the procedural tools available to congressional leaders and committee chairs and how those tools are implemented in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and during negotiations between the chambers. While other volumes provide the party or the procedural perspective, this book combines these two features to create a robust analysis of the role that party can play in making procedural decisions. Additionally, the contributors provide an opportunity to take a holistic look at Congress and understand the changing dynamics of congressional power and its implementation over time. The second edition of Party and Procedure in the United States Congress includes case studies and analyses of the changes and innovations that have occurred since 2012, including the “nuclear option.”

Lobbying Registration and Disclosure

Author: Jacob R. Straus
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781437985917
Release Date: 2011-08
Genre:

On September 14, 2007, President George W. Bush signed S. 1, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA), into law. This Act (HLOGA) amended the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to provide, among other changes to federal law and House and Senate rules, additional and more frequent disclosure of lobbying contacts and activities. This report focuses on changes made to lobbying registration, termination, and disclosure requirements and provides analysis of the volume of registration, termination, and disclosure reports filed with the Clerk of the House of Rep. and the Secretary of the Senate before and after the HLOGA¿s passage. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

Congressional Commissions

Author: Matthew E. Glassman
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1055253271
Release Date: 2015
Genre:

This report provides an overview and analysis of congressional advisory commissions, information on the general statutory structure of a congressional commission, and a catalog of congressional commissions created since the 101st Congress.

The Death of Deliberation

Author: James I. Wallner
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739183052
Release Date: 2013-09-25
Genre: Political Science

This book provides a counter-view on the conventional wisdom regarding the United States Senate. Specifically, it presents an alternative approach to the broken Congress genre with the argument that the Senate is not characterized by gridlock and that party leaders cooperate to make the institution work.