November 13, 2013 Creation and Passage of Dodd-Frank Is Subject of Book Discussion

“Act of Congress” Details Legislative Process

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A look behind the scenes of a congressional legislative negotiation is revealed through the prism of a single bill – the Dodd-Frank Act – in “Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t,” a new book by author and Washington Post editor Robert Kaiser.

Kaiser will discuss and sign his work on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Named for its chief sponsors, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut (both since retired from Congress), the law transformed the regulation of the financial sector in the wake of the Panic of 2008. Kaiser, who has worked for The Washington Post since 1963, was given extraordinary access to every step in the drafting of this 1,500-page law. The resulting book examines the influences of lobbying, congressional staff and partisanship in the legislative process.

Robert G. Kaiser, during his career at The Washington Post, has reported on Congress, was a correspondent in Saigon and Moscow and served as national editor and then managing editor. He is currently associate editor and a senior correspondent. Kaiser has written for Esquire, Foreign Affairs and The New York Review of Books, among other publications.

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ISSN 0731-3527