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The congressional experience
Price, David Eugene.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xv, 277 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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E840.8.P65 A3 2000 2ND. EDITION Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Everyone blames Congress; no one explains it. But, in this second edition of The Congressional Experience, Congressman David Price proves he is uniquely qualified to guide us through the labyrinth of rules, roles, and representatives that is Congress, and to show us how the institution solves some of the most pressing social problems on the national political agenda today. Price combines an engaging, enlightening narrative with photos, figures, maps, and tables to tell the story of his odyssey from the ivory tower of Duke University to the citadel of Capitol Hill. This second edition of The Congressional Experience has been revised and updated to cover events that have occurred over the past six years, such as Congressman David Price's own defeat in 1994 and his comeback in 1996, the waxing and waning of the Gingrich "revolution," and the high and low points of the Clinton presidency. In an election year filled with name-calling, teeth-gnashing, and Congress-bashing, it is refreshing to hear Price discuss what it means to simultaneously serve his constituency, his country, and his strong personal convictions about good government.As students of the political process, we are instructed in campaign strategy and finance, the advantages and disadvantages of incumbency, how to get a legislative project off the ground, the intricate House committee and subcommittee system, the tortuous route a bill must travel to become law, and the strong role of parties in Congress. As voters and constituents, we are treated to firsthand accounts of election campaigns fraught with negative ads, town meetings on Medicare, fierce budget battles on the floor of the House, and persistent efforts on behalf of individual North Carolinians. As citizen-philosophers, we are drawn into an extended consideration of the complex interrelationships among politics, religion, and ethics. In this context, Congressman David Price looks at a variety of issues through an introspective lens of moral concern. Price shares invaluable insights into debates on such topics as campaign finance reform, congressional term limits, and controlling the federal deficit. At the same time, he imparts a personal glimpse into life "on the Hill" and its impacts on family, friends, and constituents.

Author Notes

David E. Price is former professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xv
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Getting Electedp. 7
The First Campaignp. 9
Getting Reelectedp. 16
The Third Campaignp. 21
3 Defeat and Returnp. 27
The Revolution Hits Homep. 28
Comebackp. 35
1998: Campaigning in Clinton's Shadowp. 40
Campaign Reformp. 47
4 Getting Adjustedp. 53
Getting Startedp. 53
Setting Up Shopp. 56
Family and Careerp. 59
5 Finding a Nichep. 67
Banking, Science, and Small Businessp. 69
Pursuing Appropriationsp. 71
Appropriations Regainedp. 76
Informal Groups and Caucusesp. 79
6 Policy Entrepreneurshipp. 87
The Home Equity Loan Consumer Protection Actp. 89
Amending the Housing Billp. 94
Education and Training Initiativesp. 101
Appropriations Initiativesp. 107
The EPA Building Sagap. 114
7 Budget Politicsp. 123
From Reaganomics to "Read My Lips,"p. 125
Budget Summitry: 1990p. 130
The 1993 Budget Battlep. 139
The 1997 Agreement and Beyondp. 144
8 Party and Presidentp. 159
Parties and Electionsp. 160
Organizing the Housep. 165
The Party Networkp. 171
A Democratic Presidentp. 178
9 Serving the Districtp. 191
Keeping in Touchp. 191
Casework and Grantsp. 197
Appropriationsp. 200
10 Religion and Politicsp. 205
Religious Agendasp. 206
The Two Realmsp. 211
11 Ethics Beyond the Rule Bookp. 221
Ethics and Policyp. 224
"Responsibility" in Contextp. 228
What Sort of Member Shall I Be?p. 230
Legislative Structures and Legislative Ethicsp. 236
12 Concluding Reflectionsp. 243
Reform Agendasp. 246
Governance, Trust, and Citizenshipp. 255
Indexp. 265