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Contents List of Tables and Figures Preface 1 How a Bill Becomes Law Powers Behind the Throne Setting the Stage Power: How To Get It, How To Use It The Politics of Pork Partisanship and Special Interests Sharing the Wealth The Appeal of Transportation History of the Surface Transportation Bill The Highway Trust Fund Other Aspects of the Legislation The Role of the White House The Price Tag Battle Rustlings on the Hill The Battle Among the States Donors vs. Donees Regional Alliances The Senate Side Follow the Money Transit Debate 2 The Markup The Surrogate Staff System The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Behind the Scenes Getting to Markup The Big Four The Bill Arrives The Revolt The Walkthrough The Empire Strikes Back Last-Minute Deal-Making The Markup Afterglow 3 Floor Fight Floor Procedure The Transportation Bill The Equity Bonus Bill Financing Senate Debate-Opposition The First Filibuster The Strength of a Rider A Waiting Game An Amendment Appears Moving Forward, Finally The Amendment Flurry The House Bill The Minimum Guarantee House Debate On to Conference 4 Conference The "Third House" Appointment of Conferees Conference Problems Picking Up the Pieces 5 Back to the Drawing Board Markup Redux Finding Something to Fight About Marking Up a Marked-Up Bill Back to the Floor An Amendment on Toll Roads Senate Bill Passage Back to the House Floor Conference Final Final Passage (Finally) 6 Passage and Politics: The Aftermath Bill Signing Press Time The Coburn Amendment Donor/Donee and the Formula Fight Pork-Barrel Spending and the 2006 Election Results Donor/Donee and the Formula Fight Beyond 2006: Earmarks Reform and the 2008 Elections Earmark Reform and the Public The Future of Transportation Policy Conclusions Appendix Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Legislation -- United States.
Legislative bodies -- United States.
Transportation and state -- United States.