By G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery, George H. W. Bush, Darryl Kehrer, Michael McGrevey
Utilizing light humor, a few 450 visuals, and debate drawn from real legislative occasions, the past due U.S. Congressman G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery is helping readers relive the Montgomery GI Bill's 1987 enactment, whereas studying each one step of the way.Across the Aisle's vast illustrative fabric brings the legislative method alive, as readers commute the historical legislative street with Congressman Montgomery himself as escort, storyteller, mentor, and colleague.Congressman Montgomery served his Mississippi ingredients for thirty years. Twenty-eight of these years incorporated provider at the condo Committee on Veterans' Affairs, fourteen years as its chairman. Montgomery and a handful of fellow workers understood that the luck of our all-volunteer army might hinge on an everlasting "GI invoice" schooling program.Indeed the Montgomery GI invoice has confirmed to aid the US on many fronts, together with postsecondary schooling and coaching, nationwide safety, army recruiting, team and adolescence improvement, monetary competitiveness, and civic leadership.Montgomery's special first-person account brings Washington, D.C., and lawmaking alive with enduring classes in management, persuasion, civility, and that undying virtue-perseverance.
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In this chapter, we’ve talked about the importance of committees and the steps committees take to produce what I have referred to as “legislative widgets” to produce laws. We’ve also talked about voting by “credit card,” the “four corners,” and the value of bipartisanship. Before we move to 1980 when my colleagues and I began a legislative journey that led to Congress creating the Montgomery GI Bill in 1987, I want to talk about the concept of leadership. Legislative leadership employed in writing laws is not different from leadership in other settings; one must develop a “followership” through one’s depth of knowledge, one’s character as a person, and one’s professionalism in dealing with others, especially as a listener.
21 “Four Corners” In the Veterans’Affairs Committee, we sometimes call this negotiating process the “four corners” because the majority and minority sides of both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee participate. Each side has one vote. Though not a formal rule but more an informal agreement, if any one of the “four corners” objects to a provision, it will not be part of the negotiated agreement— period. Three of four “corners” supporting a provision are insufficient to write it into the proposed compromise.
16 Sonny and Anthony Principi. “The GI Bill made homes and a college education available to Principi and veteran Corporal Hector Delgado. millions of Americans. ”18 Mr. Montgomery The war itself and the GI Bill revived the economy, especially in my part of the country. S. Southern industrialization lost momentum as the country toppled into the Great Depression in the 1920s. But with the postwar era came a revitalization of the South’s industry. 17 The book documents Mississippi’s contribution to the war effort and the surge of industry that followed the war.
Across the Aisle: The Seven-Year Journey of the Historic Montgomery GI Bill by G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery, George H. W. Bush, Darryl Kehrer, Michael McGrevey