The Dance of Legislation: An Insider's Account of the Workings of the United States Senate by Eric Redman

The Dance of Legislation: An Insider's Account of the Workings of the United States Senate

byEric RedmanForeword byRichard E. Neustadt

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The Dance of Legislation has long been considered a classic description of the legislative process. In it, Eric Redman draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson?s staff to trace the drafting and passing of a piece of legislation ? S.4106, the National Health Service Bill ? with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots, frustrations, triumphs, and sheer work and dedication involved. He provides a vivid picture of the bureaucratic infighting, political prerogatives, and Congressional courtesies necessary to make something happen on Capitol Hill. In a Postscript to the 2000 edition, Redman reflects on how that process has, and has not, changed in the thirty years since the book was first published.

About The Author

Eric Redman was a logger, longshoreman, Rhodes Scholar, and writing teacher, as well as a legislative aide. Today he is a Seattle attorney specializing in public policy and energy law. Richard E. Neustadt is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Title:The Dance of Legislation: An Insider's Account of the Workings of the United States SenateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2001 EditionForeword to the Original EditionPreface1) First Stirrings2) Beginner's Lessons3) Getting Serious4) A Fresh Start5) S.4106: Born or Stillborn?6) A Senate Hearing7) Decision in the Senate8) Loose Ends9) Interlude10) Doctors in the House11) A War of Nerves12) A New Year's ResolutionEpiloguePostscript to the 2001 EditionList of AbbreviationsIndex

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The Dance of Legislation has long been considered a classic description of the legislative process. In it, Eric Redman draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson?s staff to trace the drafting and passing of a piece of legislation ? S.4106, the National Health Service Bill ? with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots, frustrations, triumphs, and sheer work and dedication involved. He provides a vivid picture of the bureaucratic infighting, political prerogatives, and Congressional courtesies necessary to make something happen on Capitol Hill. In a Postscript to the 2000 edition, Redman reflects on how that process has, and has not, changed in the thirty years since the book was first published.The Dance of Legislation reads like a suspense novel: will a much?needed program of medical care for the ghettos, and for isolated rural areas, make it through the Congressional maze? Eric Redman . . . makes us feel the drama of the democratic process? the comedy, the grief, the moments of despair and triumph which he experienced in the course of a year on Capitol Hill. - Harry McPherson, author of A Political Education