Walter J. Oleszek, Congressional Procedures and the Policy
Process (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press,
Congress A to Z, edited by David R. Tarr and Ann O'Connor
(Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003), provides
detailed discussions of key stages in the legislative process.
RULES AND PRECEDENTS
The formal rules of the House are found in Jefferson's Manual
(created by Thomas Jefferson in 1837 to guide the Senate but only
accepted formally by the House) and Rules of the House of Representatives
(referred to as the House Manual). House precedents
are found in House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents
and Procedures of the House (2003). On the Web, House rules
are at: http://www.house.gov/rules/house_rules_text.htm.
Senate rules are in the Senate Manual Containing Standing
Rules, Orders, Laws, and Resolutions Affecting the Business of
the United States Senate. Senate precedents
can be found in the Senate document, Senate Procedures: Precedents
and Practices. On the Web, Senate rules can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/briefing/Standing_Rules_Senate.htm.