This course provides a unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process and Congress from the perspective of one of the most influential members of Congress in the modern era, Congressman Henry Waxman (Ret.), who has been appointed as UC Regents Professor, Winter Quarter, 2016. Congressman Waxman authored major legislation over the course of his career, including the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Orphan Drug Act, and the Ryan White Act, among many others. He also conducted notable oversight hearings about the tobacco industry, steroids and sports, and the Iraq War. Students will read about and hear from Waxman about all of these legislative accomplishments. This condensed course will consist of four sessions of three hours each (with a short break) with each session focused on a different topic central to Congressman Waxman’s career: Politics and the Legislative Process; Healthcare Law and Policy; Environmental Law and Policy; and Congressional Oversight. During each session, Congressman Waxman will be interviewed by one or more prominent UCLA faculty members, including Professors Carlson, Horwitz and Zasloff, about his perspective on the legislative process, the interpretation of legislation, and the inside workings of Congress relating to those topics. There will also be ample opportunity for students to ask follow-up questions.
This condensed, one-credit course, is offered on a P/U/NC basis. To receive a P, students are required to attend all four sessions.