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  1. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Bah I am still annoyed we had to read this terrible book for our course We are not new to the government or understanding the branches of government I think if you are a new federal employee you should check out this book I was probably also not pleased because we had to hear an all day lecture about how Congress works the House the Senate the Judiciary and then the Executive Branch My face was just a literal grimace when we finished You know how hard it was for me to not jump up on the table and scream this isn't the way things work any The Dance of Legislation follows Eric Redman as a new staffer on the Hill trying to pass the National Health Services Bill in the 1970s while working for Senator Warren Magnuson Redman seems so uaint now about how things work on the Hill when you realize that Mitch McConnell is the devil's own and is doing his best to break the government Sorry I had a lot of bile to spill since it became apparently some of my class was conservative leaning not an issue but it is when you have to hear people complaining about why can't people on both sides get along Shut the hell up kids are in cages the is on fire the President of the United States is a freaking racist I got no patience any AhemBack to the book this was just very long I got really bored There's a foreword to the 2001 edition and then another one to the original edition and then a freaking preface I fell asleep reading this book several times until I made myself sit up and drink coffee I hate books that make my brain angry because I really really wanted to DNF this book a bunch I couldn't of course since this was part of our case study work Stupid learning Redman is not a natural story teller He jumps around A lot You want to yell get to the freaking point several times on Also reading about how he had to work to get support for this bill started to bore me I rather have watched Schoolhouse Rock sing to me about how a bill becomes a law on a loop for 24 hours I say this as someone who loves history but only when the person writing is can tell that history in such a way that compels me to want to read The history major in me went gah a few times I even went to Wikipeida at one point to read a condense version of events since I just wanted to get to the end already There's an epilogue which I skipped and even a postscript that I also skipped

  2. Julian Julian says:

    I am curious about what legislation “is really like” It can get boring reading the standard social studies on American government But this book reads like a thriller where one hopes for the outcome of the passage of the bill I am young enough to not have heard of this bill but was entertained throughout on the hardships and ingenuity the author uses to explain American government

  3. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    I've been reading a lot of legislative histories recently Showdown at Gucci Gulch on the 1986 Tax Reform Act How a Bill Becomes Law on the 1960 Civil Rights Act Act of Congress on the 2010 Dodd Frank Act Pure Food on the 1906 Food and Drug Act I've enjoyed all of these immensely but they often tend to blur together Like baseball the passing of legislation follows some very strict rules that vary only a little over time and the excitement in each game or act really comes from a few individualized moments that upset the patterns Each moment is interesting in its own way but sometimes the whole is hard to understand or visualize This book might be the exceptionUnlike many of the other legislative books this is a true insider's account written by a former staffer to Senator Warren Magnuson the liberal stalwart best remembered for his consumer protection bills who worked to pass the National Health Service Act in 1970 The author admits that this bill was not an earth shaker allowing as it did a handful of government doctors to administer to the poor in doctor deficient areas but its relatively innocuous nature did allow a 22 year old staffer to play an important role in its passage and record that role for posterity Yet the best parts of the book by far aren't those that deal with internal Senate deliberations They're those that discuss the Senate's relationship to outside bodies Much of this revolves around the author's trips to HEW the Department of Health Education and Welfare since broken up and his attempts to enlist bureaucrats there for the bill despite the Nixon administration's opposition He begins to understand the closeness of Congress to these bureaucrats when he is accompanied to the Department by Harley Dirks the Chief Clerk of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds HEW and hears plenty of Morning Harley when walking down the hall In this world the bureaucrats know a small time Senate clerk is a superstar with real power over there jobs and they respect him than their own nominal executive boss Eventually the author and Dirks enlist the assistance of HEW's Public Health Service which the Nixon administration is trying to dismantle and which is a uniformed but technically civilian agency They decide to place their Health Service Corps in the PHS both to allow the Corp members to avoid the then ubiuitous draft which hit doctors especially hard and to create a lobbying group to pressure other Congressmen including the PHS bureaucrats themselves the Commissioned Officers Association of doctors the unions of merchant seamen which were served by PHS etc Inside the HEW they kept spies who reported on different Assistant Secretaries and their positions on the bill or portions of it It was a constant struggle both with and against bureaucratsThe author also shows the importance of negotiations with the House and how Senatorial power resonated even there like how he used Magnuson's position as Chairman of the HEW Appropriations Subcommittee to pressure the Health Subcommittee Chairman in the House by possibly holding up his money bills if he didn't agree to the law The author and other staffers also organized lobbying groups in these House members' home districts to sway them towards passageWhile Act of Congress showed how powerful congressional staff members could be in passing a major law this book shows they can be well nie omnipotent when it comes to a minor one Again and again the staff is left to wonder whether demands from another member of Congress including reuests from staffers but also those actually in writing with the congressman's signed name under it actually represent that congressman's views or just a staffer with a bone to pick since they know most of the congressmen didn't even read most of the letters they signed and didn't deal with such picayune issues such as this bill Even after negotiating a deal with HEW Secretary Eliot Richardson to not testify against the bill they received a letter with his signature that stated HEW public opposition but they rightly understood that this was probably just a staffer or lower level secretarial ploy The immense influence of these staffers though of course probably exaggerated slightly by a former one does leave one somewhat aghastSo for a true insider's account of the passage of a law one that gives a complete and compelling picture from soup to nuts go no further than this book still a classic 40 years after publication

  4. Kenneth Geary Kenneth Geary says:

    The process of taking an idea and making it into legislation is something that the average American citizen does not understand To help the American people better understand the difficulty of getting anything done in Congress Eric Redman published the book “The Dance of Legislation” Redman a former legislative assistant to democratic Senator Warren Magnuson took us step by step through the legislative process of creating the bill for the National Health Service Corps S4106 This book is entertainingly written in that it takes a topic that is normally dry and just the hard facts and gives you all the behind the scenes details and background While I hesitate to say that it did not leave anything out as with most political accounts you will only get portions of what really happened Redman did include a lot of information that I have not seen in other writings describing how a bill is processed and not all of it showed him or his party in the shining light that is normally portrayed by political writers of either party The National Health Service Corps NHSB bill was certainly not the first step towards national health care but it was making a strong step towards the Affordable Healthcare Act that President Obama has enacted While admittedly I am not versed in all of the unwritten rules and nuances that are involved in congress but what struck me most about the book is that Redman and company spent at least the first uarter of process trying to not write a bill They tried to piggy back into the Public Health Service PHS helping the doctor’s to avoid the draft I found this surprising since during this time we were still actively involved in the Vietnam “War” Conflict When this did not work out because it was recognized “Trojan Horse for Socialized medicine” as described in the book they moved on to trying to earmark it into the Health Education and Welfare HEW appropriation bill thinking no one would notice just a few million dollars marked off and using Magnuson’s power as the Chairman of HEW appropriations again this fell through In a last ditch effort to not do the work of writing a bill they attempted to introduce a “floor amendment” into the PHS this too was shot down At this point they finally realized they would have to write their own bill something that could have been done in the months they spent attempting not to put in the work of a bill Redman does show that most Senators try to introduce bills that help their constituents Once they began to write the bill they had to build a coalition of congressional supports I found Redman’s analogy to a “college mixer” odd at first As I read on I began to see he was right asking your friends to be cosponsors or go to the mixer with you enticing the popular guys to help you out to build their reputations and calling in old favors getting the lobbyist to get the word out and basically begging people when you need to The narrative also show how much legislative aides actually affect congress there is no way that the congressmen alone could get anything done without them The bill did eventually get passed into law after going against a few problems but it succeed where other bills of a similar nature had failed due to the work of Redman and his team building the right coalition in the Senate and getting reliable experts such as Dr Abraham Bergman to help draft the details of the bill The Dance of Legislation meets the expectations of helping the American people understand the lengthy process of creating legislation and goes on to show that while the congressmen normally get all the credit good or bad it takes a whole team of people to get any significant work done As a glimpse into the journey of a bill through the Senate the book is an enthralling and helpful sketch of the inner workings of the US government

  5. John Maniscalco John Maniscalco says:

    By far the best and most entertaining book on how a bill becomes a law This does not give you the constitutional formula for the lawmaking process but rather presents a real world example of the politics negotiations and coalitions that need to be built in order to pass legislation Though a little outdated since the collapse of regular order it is still the greatest resource available on the subject

  6. Donna McKereghan Donna McKereghan says:

    I use this book over and over again to loan out to folks who want to know how the system REALLY works Wrote a companion piece for it during my doctoral studies titled The Dance of Administration and drew the parallels to the things I discovered reading this book THEN I had the opportunity of a brief email chat with the author Amazing I'll use this book for the rest of my life to educate other citizens for sure

  7. Rebekah Rebekah says:

    Was easy enough to understand and I was able to find some of the things they said happened in this book amusing Had to read this for government if I had the choice I probably wouldn't have read it But it wasn't a bad book to read

  8. Jenn Jenn says:

    This is the book that solidified my interest in politics It's a great account of what really happens in Washington

  9. Andrea Andrea says:

    should be reuired reading for all students

  10. Beth Beth says:

    If you're interested in how a bill becomes a law you will be fascinated by this book

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The Dance of Legislation [PDF] ⚣ The Dance of Legislation ✯ Eric Redman – 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 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 the National Health Service Bill with all the maneuvers plots counterplots frustrations triumphs and sheer work and dedication involved He The Dance PDF/EPUB ² 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 edition Redman reflects on how that process has and has not changed in the thirty years since the book was first published.