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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Social Networking and Constituent Communication Member Use of Twitter During a Two Week Period in the 111th Congress

Author: Matthew Eric Glassman
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781437923544
Release Date: 2010-11
Genre:

During the past 15 years, the development of new electronic technologies has altered the traditional patterns of commun. between Members of Congress and constituents. Many Members now use e-mail, official web sites, blogs, YouTube, and Facebook pages to communicate with their constituents. These technologies have served providing greater opportunities for commun. between the Member and individual constituents. This report examines Member use of one specific new electronic commun. medium: Twitter. After providing an overview and background of Twitter, the report analyzes patterns of Member use of Twitter during two one-week periods in July and August 2009. Charts and tables.

Legislative Branch Revolving Funds

Author: Ida A. Brudnick
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781437926590
Release Date: 2010-04
Genre:

Legislative branch revolving funds support the '¿¿business-type activities'¿¿ of the House, Senate, and legislative branch agencies. The legislative branch currently has 26 revolving funds, including 7 funds for the House of Rep., 9 for the Senate, 5 for the Architect of the Capitol, 4 for the Library of Congress, and one for the Gov'¿¿t. Printing Office (GPO). As of the close of FY 2008, the funds range in size from $10,000 for the Senate Computer Center Fund to $216.5 million for the GPO revolving fund. In contrast, the legislative branch appropriation for FY 2010 was $4.65 billion. This report traces the establishment, use, and development of these funds. Also, the current status of funds is provided, using standard federal gov'¿¿t. budget object classifications. Illus.

Tweeting to Power

Author: Jason Gainous
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199350636
Release Date: 2013-11-29
Genre: Political Science

Online social media are changing the face of politics in the United States. Beginning with a strong theoretical foundation grounded in political, communications and psychology literature, Tweeting to Power examines the effect of online social media on how people come to learn, understand and engage in politics. Gainous and Wagner propose that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter offer the opportunity for a new information flow that is no longer being structured and limited by the popular media. Television and newspapers, which were traditionally the sole or primary gatekeeper, can no longer limit or govern what information is exchanged. By lowering the cost of both supplying the information and obtaining it, social networking applications have recreated how, when and where people are informed. To establish this premise, Gainous and Wagner analyze multiple datasets, quantitative and qualitative, exploring and measuring the use of social media by voters and citizens as well as the strategies and approaches adopted by politicians and elected officials. They illustrate how these new and growing online communities are new forums for the exchange of information that is governed by relationships formed and maintained outside traditional media. Using empirical measures, they prove both how candidates utilize Twitter to shape the information voters rely upon and how effective this effort was at garnering votes in the 2010 congressional elections. With both theory and data, Gainous and Wagner show how the social media revolution is creating a new paradigm for political communication and shifting the very foundation of the political process.