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The Changing Congress: The Rules of the Game

Description: Produced by the National Education Radio and Television Center, The Changing Congress is a nine-part television series looking at the issues confronting federal legislators. Part 3, entitled “The Rules of the Game,” focuses on the long and sometimes informal process of passing legislation through the houses of Congress. To do so, the broadcast follows Congressman Jim Wright as he attempts to push a bill on water pollution. Wright meets with other members of the House Committee on Public Works and hosts a dinner at his home in Washington, D.C., before finally getting his bill to be put to a vote on the House floor.
Date: 1965
Creator: National Education Radio and Television Center
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

A Day in the Life of a United States Senator

Description: This 1958 television documentary overviews a typical day on Capitol Hill for Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas. (Yarborough was seeking reelection at the time.) After eating breakfast with his wife and conferring with his staff, Yarborough attends a hearing of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee and sits in on a session. All the while, he makes time for Texans visiting the national capital.
Date: 1958
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Meet Your Congressman

Description: This educational film starring Representative Jim Wright of Fort Worth encourages American citizens to “drop in and say hello” to sitting congressmen when visiting Washington, D.C. In the staged interaction, a group of young people visit with Wright in his office, learning about the unique role of Congress and what they might expect to see on the House floor. After their conversation, Wright sends the teens on a guided tour of the Supreme Court.
Date: 1960~/1969~
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library