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

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Open Rule”

See Closed Rule / Modified Closed Rule / Special Rule / Open Rule (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, … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Outlays”

See Outlay (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,” Capitol Learning Audio Course     Publications Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide Pocket Constitution Citizen’s … Read more

How to Become a Washington Media Rockstar: Generating Consistent Positive Press in a Tight Market With Its Own Rules

News coverage in the Washington media can make or break public policy initiatives, lobbyists, and even the careers of politicians–and it’s different from news coverage in other markets. This training can help you be successful in this critical arena. Media Relations for Public Affairs Professionals: How to develop a message, press release, media kit, and … Read more

Dr. Fuhrman’s Famous Anti-Cancer Soup

Dr. Fuhrman’s Famous Anti-Cancer Soup, modified 2 cup dried split peas and/or beans 4 Medium onions 6-10 zucchini 3 stalks leek 2 lbs carrots 2 bunches celery 1 cup raw cashews 3 tbsp vegetable base stock (Vege Base by Vogue) 2 pkg mushrooms 6 oz texturized vegetable protein (TVP) Simmer beans in covered pot in … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Law/Public Law/Private Law”

See Law / Public Law / Private Law (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 … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Conference Committee”

Conference Committee: Temporary joint committee created to resolve differences between the chambers on a measure. Contrast to Amendment between the Houses. 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. … Read more