Federal Speeches: Policy and Practices


Kathleen Weldon (Editor)

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL017000

The State of the Union address is a communication between the President and Congress in which the chief executive reports on the current conditions of the United States and provides policy proposals for the upcoming legislative year. Formerly known as the “Annual Message,” the State of the Union address originates in the Constitution.

As part of the system of checks and balances, Article II, Section 3, clause 1 mandates that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” In recent decades, the President has expanded his State of the Union audience, addressing the speech to both the nation and Members of Congress. This book discusses the tradition, function and policy implications of the State of the Union address. It also discusses special order speeches and other forms of non-legislative debate in the house; one-minute speeches; morning hour debates; and the constitutional background and recent developments of the speech or debate clause. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The President‘s State of the Union Address: Tradition, Function, and Policy Implications (pp. 1-20)
Colleen J. Shogan and Thomas H. Neale

Chapter 2 – Special Order Speeches and Other Forms of Non-Legislative Debate in the House (pp. 21-26)
Judy Schneider

Chapter 3 – Special Order Speeches: Current House Practices (pp. 27-38)
Judy Schneider

Chapter 4 – One-Minute Speeches: Current House Practices (pp. 39-48)
Judy Schneider

Chapter 5 – Morning Hour Debates: Current House Practices (pp. 49-54)
Judy Schneider

Chapter 6 – The Speech or Debate Clause: Constitutional Background and Recent Developments (pp. 55-82)
Alissa M. Dolan and Todd Garvey


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