Tag: Congress in a Nutshell

How Legislators Make Decisions

How Legislators Make Decisions

Congress is both slow and deliberative, by design. When the new government was established in 1789, it was created through the rather elaborate use of a system of checks and balances that were meant to ensure that no single section of government would be able to dominate the process. Although this system can be frustrating, […]

Understanding “Congressional Culture”

Understanding “Congressional Culture”

“Congressional culture” is comprised of a mix of youthful staff, optimistic freshman members, cynical reporters, seasoned members, and crusty senators. This can often result in a clash of both the old and new. photo credit: Mr. T in DC In evaluating congressional culture, it is important to understand the working environment of Congress. That environment […]

The Legislative Process 101

The Legislative Process 101

While anyone has the ability to draft a bill, only members of Congress can introduce and sponsor legislation. There are four basic types of legislation; bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions. The official process for legislation starts when a resolution or bill is numbered as H.R.xxx, which signifies it as a House bill […]