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 … Read more

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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;     … Read more

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 … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Rescission”

See Rescission (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking Series, a Nine-Course … Read more

“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 … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Ramseyer Rule”

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