In simple, clear language, the new edition of this classic CQ reference presents basic explanations of the procedures and rules that govern the Senate and the House. Highlighted sidebars further detail the impact of congressional action with interesting narrative examples from history, along with charts and tables that provide a complete overview of congressional procedures. This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the substantial changes on Capitol Hill since the last edition was published a decade ago. How Congress Works helps readers place recent events in the context of the entire picture of how Congress operates. Chapters include:Party Leadership in CongressThe Legislative ProcessThe Committee SystemCongressional Staff A detailed index rounds out this accessible and affordable introduction to the real Congress.