The Broken Branch : How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track
The resultant changes in the policy process-the demise of regular order, the decline of deliberation, and the weakening of our system of checks and balances-have all compromised the role of Congress in the American Constitutional system. From tax cuts to the war against Saddam Hussein to a Medicare prescription drug benefit, the Legislative process has been bent to serve immediate presidential interests and have often resulted in poorly crafted and stealthily passed laws. Strong majority leadership in Congress, the authors conclude, led not to a vigorous exertion of congressional authority but to a general passivity in the face of executive power.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 130 x 194 x 22mm | 480.81g
- 04 Sep 2008
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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stable and safer system. * Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House * Poll after poll shows a dramatic decline in public esteem for the Congress. In the opinion of many Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, the institution simply does not work. Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein, two of the nation's very finest Congressional scholars, have shown in sharp, clean prose what has gone wrong and why and refreshingly suggest ways to get the First Branch of government back on track. This book is essential reading for Americans concerned about
our country and our government. * Thomas S. Foley, Former Speaker of the House * Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein have few peers as Congress watchers, but their affection for this very human institution drives their analyses in The Broken Branch as much as their experience. You don't have to agree with every point in their criticism to feel renewed respect for their lifetime of devotion to helping make the people's branch of government a better functioning and more constructive tribune of the public interest. * U.S. Senator John McCain * It is easy to recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Congress, how it works and how it should work. * Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post Book World * Mann and Ornstein document a litany of abuses so excruciating that their reaction to the impeachment debacle of 1998 is this: 'We didn't think they could sink any lower. We were wrong.' Examples abound. Minority Democrats are routinely given only hours to read the text of thousand-page bills before they're brought up for a vote. Conference committees are stacked exclusively with friendly members. Oversight committees lie dormant and cabinet secretaries treat
congressional inquiries with open contempt. Lobbying and pork-barrel spending are at record highs. * Kevin Drum, Washington Monthly * Two of the most knowledgeable congressional scholars. * washingtonpost.com * The Broken Branch...reveals their relationship with the national legislature to be much more profound than mere observation. Frankly, it's love. And they are deeply distressed by Congress's current low esteem. Urging reform at every opportunity, they seem like the loyal spouse of an alcoholic or drug addict, desperately pushing their beloved into rehab. * The New York Times Book Review *
About Thomas E. Mann
Project and senior counselor (with Ornstein) to the Continuity of Government Commission. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Norman J. Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. An election analyst for CBS News, he writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call . His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal , and Foreign Affairs , and he appears regularly on television programs like The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline , and Charlie Rose . He serves on the board of the Public
Broadcasting Service and several other nonprofit groups. Like Mann, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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