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The Dance of Legislation
Eric Redman (2001) 

Eric Redman drew on his two years of congressional experience during the early 1970s as a staff member for Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA) to write The Dance of Legislation, which traces the journey of a single Senate bill through the legislative process. Redman offers a first-person, insider’s perspective on the maneuvers, frustrations, triumphs, work, and dedication involved in making something happen on Capitol Hill. He walks the reader through the activities he observed and participated in as a junior aide fresh from college: brainstorming legislative ideas, drafting legislation, holding hearings, interacting with executive branch personnel and advocacy groups, guiding a bill through action in the House and Senate, and waiting for presidential approval. First published in 1973, this new edition includes a postscript in which Redman examines the ways the Senate has–and has not–changed in the 30 years since the book was written.


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