Lobbying and Advocacy

Pennsylvania Avenue (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Pennsylvania Avenue (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Pennsylvania Avenue Pennsylvania Avenue (NW) is a street in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital city. The Capitol sits at the eastern end of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and the White House is located a little more than a mile to the northwest of the Capitol, at […]

Bipartisan (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Bipartisan (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Bipartisan When members from two different political parties (in the contemporary Congress, Democrats and Republicans) work together to find a common solution, or when members from both parties work together in a group or jointly sponsor or co-sponsor legislation. In the House, the Speaker consults […]

Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC To ensure that Congress has independent sources of information from the executive branch to support it in its legislative and oversight responsibilities, Congress formed several legislative branch agencies.     Stone Preservation on Capitol Hill […]

Dear Colleague letters (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Dear Colleague letters (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Dear Colleague letters Members of Congress circulate Dear Colleague letters to urge their colleagues to co-sponsor their legislation. It is common in both chambers for the key proponent of a measure to send a Dear Colleague letter (in print or electronically) to other members requesting […]

Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List Mid-term elections are the national elections held in November of the even-numbered years between presidential elections. Mid-term election years include 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022, etc. Presidential elections are held very 4 years, including 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc. Federal law […]

Capitol Subway System (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Capitol Subway System (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Capitol Subway System     Secrets Of The US Capitol: Ghosts, Underground Subways, Secret Crypts     Underground subways in a tunnel system that connect congressional office buildings to the US Capitol building. A series of tunnels runs between the Senate and House Office Buildings […]

Lobby / Lobbying (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Lobby / Lobbying (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Lobby / Lobbying A group seeking to influence the passage or defeat of legislation. Originally the term referred to persons frequenting the lobbies or corridors of legislative chambers to speak to lawmakers. The definition of a lobby and the activity of lobbying is a matter […]

K Street / Gucci Gulch (CongressionalGlossary.com)

K Street / Gucci Gulch (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms K Street / Gucci Gulch Colloquialisms for Washington, DC, lobbyists. K Street is taken from K Street NW in Washington, DC, where many lobbying firms are located. K Street is definitely “inside the Beltway.” Gucci Gulch has several meanings: K Street; all lobbyists collectively; and […]

Capitol / Capitol Hill Map / National Mall (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Capitol / Capitol Hill Map / National Mall (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Capitol / Capitol Hill Map / National Mall (Click here for Google map) “The Capitol” is the United States Capitol Building, the building in which Congress meets. The Capitol is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (“The Capitol” is not “the Capital” and Capitol […]

Petition (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Petition (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Petition A request or plea sent to one or both chambers from an organization or private citizens’ group asking support of, or opposition to, particular legislation or favorable consideration of a matter not yet receiving congressional attention. Petitions are referred to appropriate committees. Petitions are […]