Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process – How Congress Really Works, 1-day course in DC

Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process

How Congress really works: in practice, not in theory.

"Gulliver Morton Among the Senatorial Brobdignaggians," in Puck, March 27, 1889
"Gulliver Morton Among the Senatorial Brobdignaggians," in Puck, March 27, 1889

If your job requires you to understand, follow, and impact legislation, or if you’re new to government affairs, here’s your chance to get up to speed in one information-packed day.

This course shows you:

  • How the House and Senate differ
  • Where ideas for bills really come from, and how bills are introduced and referred
  • How committee hearings, markups and reports work
  • How legislation reaches the floor
  • Rules and procedures that help or hurt legislation
  • Floor action in the House and Senate
  • How the two chambers reach agreements
  • The President’s options and Congress’ recourse

This seminar provides an in-depth examination of congressional operations, House and Senate legislative procedures, the dynamics of Congress, the work of committees, floor procedures, reconciliation of differences between houses and presidential action.

When: September 14, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street NW, Washington, DC (Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro stop)

Approved for CEUs from George Mason University
Approved for 0.6 CEUs from George Mason University.

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This course and any combination of its topics can be tailored for custom on-site presentation at your location and is available via the GSA Schedule.

For more than 40 years, TheCapitol.Net and its predecessor, Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences, have been teaching professionals from government, military, business, and NGOs about the dynamics and operations of the legislative and executive branches and how to work with them.

Our custom on-site and online training, publications, and audio courses include congressional operations, legislative and budget process, communication and advocacy, media and public relations, testifying before Congress, research skills, legislative drafting, critical thinking and writing, and more.

TheCapitol.Net is on the GSA Schedule, MAS, for custom on-site and online training. GSA Contract GS02F0192X

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