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By Kelly Tzoumis

Using present usual source rules, this paintings successfully indicates how the wetlands healthy a dominance version, the good Lakes is a bounded version, and natural world is categorized as a valence version. A needs to learn for all drawn to congressional policymaking, this ebook breaks new floor in our realizing of legislative policymaking.

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The reason for protecting or destroying wetlands does not matter; the definition of the natural resource as being protected or eliminated does. Three Models of Issue Definition in Congress 33 In the case of the Great Lakes, the original tone based on the historical literature is focused on industry, commerce, and navigation. How to use the Lakes for industry, commerce and navigation for expansion of a growing country was inherently the original baseline issue definition of the Great Lakes. A challenging tone to this would be the protection of those Great Lakes.

This new tone of 22 Environmental Policymaking in Congress environment and health poses a challenge to the institutional venues, which had previously excluded them. Symbols and rhetoric can serve as strong means in defining an issue, which evokes certain images of Congressional committees and participants as having the legitimate jurisdictions for the issue. In this model, committees stake out a claim to the policy terrain, which delineates jurisdictions. These jurisdictions become stable through the institutionalization by Congress.

Today that image, like the policy, competes with a new definition of wetlands that acknowledges the important role wetlands have in the ecosystem. Wetlands policymaking displays what is labeled as a dominance issue model. In this model, the tone toward wetlands was creating more lands for agriculture. S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) policies and the Congress who subsidized drainage of wetlands. Today, there is a competing tone for wetlands which is in direct opposition to the agricultural and development tone.

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