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May 11, 2013


How a Bill Becomes a Mess

Jonathan Martin reviews Act of Congress by Bob Kaiser which presents readers a detailed "tick-tock" through origins and passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation bill.

"What makes Act of Congress a somewhat surprising addition to the Broken Congress genre is that Dodd-Frank would seem to be an example of the system working: Politicians responded to the perceived needs of their constituents, and a bill was passed. Yet, Mr. Kaiser argues, the process itself illustrated what's wrong with Washington, and the legislation ultimately passed more because of luck and circumstance than the wisdom of judicious lawmakers."














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