Behind the Scenes
The legislative process of the U.S. Congress is often associated with roll call votes, speeches, and intense floor debates. Much of the work, however, occurs outside of the House Chamber where committees, leadership, and congressional offices engage in lawmaking. These clips dive into the institutional side of the House, as interviewees share behind-the-scenes stories of whip operations, committee deliberations, and legislative accomplishments.
Careful Consideration of Committee Assignments
The Honorable Beverly Barton Butcher Byron explains how she received her committee assignments.
The "Gypsy Moths"
The Honorable Claudine Schneider recalls being noticed by President Reagan for her coalition-building skills.
Linda Steele describes how she helped constituents over the phone.
How to Whip a Bill
Kathy Gille outlines the process of whipping a bill.
Running for the Ways and Means Committee
The Honorable Barbara Bailey Kennelly explains the challenges she faced to get a seat on the Ways and Means Committee.
Breast Cancer Stamp
The Honorable Susan Molinari describes how the Breast Cancer Stamp bill passed with bipartisan support.
“What Does the Constitution Require?”
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman provides insight on the workings of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation into the Watergate scandal.
A Woman Representative on the Agriculture Committee
The Honorable Eva M. Clayton describes the obstacles she faced on the Agriculture Committee.
"Not In Tune with the Times"
The Honorable Martha Elizabeth Keys describes the changing atmosphere in the House during the post-Watergate era and its effect on committee chairmen.
New Perspective in the Whip's Office
The Honorable Sue W. Kelly describes the Republican whip operation under Representative Tom DeLay of Texas while she served in the House.