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Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

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David Obey has in his nearly forty years in the U.S. House of Representatives worked to bring economic and social justice to America's working families. In 2007 he assumed the chair of the Appropriations Committee and is positioned to pursue his priority concerns for affordable health care, education, environmental protection, and a foreign policy consistent with American democratic ideals.
Here, in his autobiography, Obey looks back on his journey in politics beginning with his early years in the Wisconsin Legislature, when Wisconsin moved through eras of shifting balance between Republicans and Democrats. On a national level Obey traces, as few others have done, the dramatic changes in the workings of the U.S. Congress since his first election to the House in 1969. He discusses his own central role in the evolution of Congress and ethics reforms and his view of the recent Bush presidency--crucial chapters in our democracy, of interest to all who observe politics and modern U.S. history. Best Books for Regional General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association

Author: David Obey, Franklynn Peterson
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Published: 09/01/2007
Pages: 448
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.64lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.29d
ISBN: 9780299225407

Review Citation(s):
Commonweal 05/23/2008 pg. 24

About the Author
David R. Obey (D-Wausau) is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress in Wisconsin history and is the current chair of the House Appropriations Committee. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he chaired the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which funded America s economic and political response to the collapse of the Soviet Union."

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