Archive for August, 2010

Understanding Congressional Sessions and How they Work

Understanding Congressional Sessions and How they Work

Congress has the responsibility of drafting as well as debating and sending bills to the President to be signed into law. Legislative business is handled by the 100 Senators and 435 Representatives through Congressional sessions. photo credit: lindsay.dee.bunny Congress is mandated by the Constitution to convene a minimum of once per year (U.S. Constitution, Article […]

Reasons for Making Contact with a Member of Congress

Reasons for Making Contact with a Member of Congress

There can be many reasons to make contact with a member of Congress. Not only might you want to discuss a policy decision or a specific piece of legislation that is being considered, but there are many other reasons that necessitate contact. Most members of Congress have a “Constituent Services” section on their web pages […]

Custom, On-Site Training from TheCapitol.Net

Custom, On-Site Training from TheCapitol.Net

Custom, On-Site Training from TheCapitol.Net All of our programs and any combination of their topics can be tailored for on-site training for your organization. For more than 30 years, TheCapitol.Net and its predecessor, Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences, have been training professionals from government, military, business, and NGOs about the dynamics and operations of the legislative […]

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The Commerce Clause – Article I Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution

The Commerce Clause – Article I Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution

The United States Constitution The Commerce Clause is one of Congress’ enumerated powers found in the Constitution of the United States, Article. I. Section. 8., clause 3: (Clause 3 – Commerce power) [The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;     […]

A Guide for Communicating with Congress

A Guide for Communicating with Congress

Writing your Congressman or Congresswoman can be a great way to communicate your concerns regarding relevant issues. Today, most members of Congress prefer to hear from constituents through email due to the fact that it is faster, does not pose any security risks and is much easier to sort. All members of Congress can be […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Rescission”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Rescission”

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The Legislative Process 101

The Legislative Process 101

While anyone has the ability to draft a bill, only members of Congress can introduce and sponsor legislation. There are four basic types of legislation; bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions. The official process for legislation starts when a resolution or bill is numbered as H.R.xxx, which signifies it as a House bill […]

What to Expect when you Testify Before Congress

What to Expect when you Testify Before Congress

When you must testify before Congress, it is a good idea to know what to expect and how to conduct yourself in order to obtain the best results. In most instances, you will only have a few minutes to make your case if you are going to be testifying in support or opposition to legislation. […]

“Roles of the President’s White House economic advisors”

“Roles of the President’s White House economic advisors”

  The Council of Economic Advisers and Policymaking   Keith Hennessey has an excellent discussion from 2010 of the organization of the economic policy team inside the White House. I think I can instead add a little value by describing the different positions that make up the President’s economic team, and in particular by explaining […]

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Ramseyer Rule”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Ramseyer Rule”

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