Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Amendments Between the Houses”

See Amendments Between the Houses / Insist / Amendments in Disagreement / Amendments in Technical Disagreement (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 … Read more

Media Tip 50

Media Tip 50: Utilize wire services. Wire services can reach millions of readers and operate the primary daybooks that list upcoming events. This tip is from our booklet, Media Relations Tips: 102 Secrets for Finding Success in Public Relations. Practical tips for anyone who works with the media, works with someone who works with the … Read more

Economic Policy Crisis and the Stimulus: Analyses of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, HR 1, 111th Congress

Economic Policy Crisis and the Stimulus: Analyses of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, HR 1, 111th Congress The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, HR 1 in the 111th Congress, will assist in supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, give financial help to the unemployed, and will provide … Read more

The Valmadonna Trust Library

Join Sotheby’s experts and Jack Lunzer, custodian of the Valmadonna Trust Library, for an intimate tour of this fabled collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts. Video Here Highly recommended. More The Valmadonna Trust Library – Wikipedia Valmadonna photos and comments The Valmadonna Trust Library at Sotheby’s The Valmadonna Trust Library – photos from the NYT

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Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Appropriations Bill”

Appropriations Bill: Bill that, if enacted as law, gives legal authority to spend or obligate money from the Treasury. This definition is from the Glossary in our Congressional Deskbook. Perfect reference tool of Congressional jargon and procedural terms. Congressional Deskbook: The Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Congress, by Michael Koempel and Judy Schneider. TheCapitol.Net offers … Read more

The Budget Reconciliation Process

Reconciliation legislation is used by Congress to bring existing revenue and spending law into conformity with the policies in a budget resolution. Reconciliation is an optional process, but since 1980, Congress has used reconciliation legislation to implement many of its most significant budget policies. The reconciliation process has two stages–the adoption of reconciliation directives in … Read more

Media Tip 100

Media Tip 100: You have three duties as a public relations specialist working in public affairs: duty to self, duty to employer, and duty to society. This tip is from our booklet, Media Relations Tips: 102 Secrets for Finding Success in Public Relations. Practical tips for anyone who works with the media, works with someone … Read more

The Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Final Rules on Bundling and The Executive Branch Rules on Gifts

New Capitol Learning Audio Course The Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Final Rules on Bundling and The Executive Branch Rules on Gifts With Carol Laham Who has to report and what triggers the reporting requirement under the new lobbyist bundling rules? What is a bundled contribution? How the Commission defines “credit” given for contributions on which … Read more

Lawmakers Slow to Comply With New Filing Requirement

Scores of lawmakers missed a deadline to start disclosing their ties to political action committees as required by law. The law requires that any fund-raising committee must file as a leadership PAC “if the committee is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained or controlled by a federal candidate or officeholder.” It was designed to allow … Read more

Congressional Budgeting for the Terrified: Come Up to Speed on the Congressional Budget Process–Understand Surpluses, Deficits, Appropriations, and Authorizations Once and For All

Why is the federal budget process so convoluted? How come it’s so hard to get an appropriation through Congress? What’s the difference between authorizations and appropriations? How can I track my organization’s appropriation? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, this course from TheCapitol.Net is a must: Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations at the … Read more