Common Sense Rules of Advocacy

  Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers A Practical Guide for Anyone Who Wants To Be a Better Advocate By Keith Evans Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers provides tips and rules that will help anyone – lawyer or lobbyist, account executive or negotiator, parent or teacher – improve their advocacy skills in … Read more

Constitution Day, September 17

The US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. 36 U.S. Code § 106 designates September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Pocket Constitution The Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Amendments to the Constitution, all in a handy pocket-sized booklet. Our Pocket Constitution is available for purchase in multiples of … Read more

Custom Training from TheCapitol.Net

Custom Training, On-Site and Online, from TheCapitol.Net

Custom Training from TheCapitol.Net All of our programs and any combination of their topics can be tailored for on-site or online training for your organization. Our training and publications 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 … Read more

Government Shutdowns and Executive Branch Operations_ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), CRS Report R47693

If the enactment of annual appropriations acts or an interim continuing resolution does not occur before the beginning of a fiscal year (October 1), a temporary funding gap may occur.1 If a funding gap begins and funding does not appear likely to resume during the first calendar day of the gap, the federal government generally … Read more

Drafting The Declaration of Independence, 1776, by Allyn Cox in The Great Experiment Hall, from the Architect of the Capitol

Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments, 1-day ONLINE course, Sept. 27, 2023

  Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments A “how to” program for anyone who drafts federal legislation.                 This course helps anyone draft, revise, and review bills and amendments, with lessons especially useful to those who review legislation, prepare reports, or draft legislation and other formal legislative documents. In … Read more

Recent CRS Reports – August 2023

“Supreme Court Narrows Dormant Commerce Clause and Upholds State Animal Welfare Law,” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB11031, August 31, 2023 (8-page PDF) “Salaries of Members of Congress: Congressional Votes, 1990-2023,” CRS Report 97-615, August 29, 2023 (41-page PDF) “Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables,” CRS Report 97-1011, August 29, 2023 (34-page PDF) … Read more

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Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook

  Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook A Practical Guide By Tobias A. Dorsey The Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook offers practical advice and insight for those engaged in legislative drafting, those more interested in policy than drafting itself, or those interested in reading and interpreting the law.   Web preview on Google Books The Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical … Read more

Public Corruption and the Limits of Federal Fraud Statutes, CRS Legal Sidebar LSB11025

Over time, Congress has shown consistent interest in policing public-sector corruption, enacting a number of criminal provisions aimed at holding corrupt officials and those who entice them accountable for their actions under federal law. Federal prosecutors’ most potent existing tools for combating such corruption include the federal mail and wire fraud statutes and a provision … Read more

Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials

  Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials Citizen Advocacy in State Legislatures and Congress – A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates By Bradford Fitch Practical guidance how to prepare for and meet with elected officials and staff, how to write effective letters and emails to elected officials, strategies for influencing legislators face-to-face, best … Read more