A Short Primer on Lawmaking: Unorthodox Means and the Power of the Purse

Founding Principles Chapter 11: Lawmaking from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Remember the Schoolhouse Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill,” with its talking (and singing) piece of legislation?

Though Andrew Rudalevige does not sing in the Founding Principles series, he does threaten to don safety goggles for a stop in “the lawmaking factory” as he imparts a basic understanding of how a bill becomes law, with forays into party polarization, filibusters, and what he describes as “the power of the purse.”

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