ERIC Number: ED340639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Gavel to Gavel: A Guide to the Televised Proceedings of Congress. 3rd Edition.
C-SPAN is a non-profit public service television network created by the U.S. cable television industry to provide viewers live gavel-to-gavel access to the proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated, and decided. This guide presents a brief history of how television cameras came to be placed in the congressional chambers and what purpose those cameras serve. It also provides detailed information on how the U.S. Congress conducts its business. The guide is well-suited to helping teachers to better utilize televised sessions of Congress on C-SPAN in their classes. The contents of the guide include discussions of the following topics: the merger of technology and democracy; the how and why of cameras in the chambers; the House and Senate in focus; a brief tour through the halls of Congress; a guide to order in Congress; how a bill becomes law; conference committees: "the third house of Congress"; and how Members of Congress vote. A list of resources available from the government concerning Congress is included, as is a reading guide of other sources. A glossary of key Congressional terms also is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Benton Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: C-SPAN, Washington, DC.