The Dynamics of Congress
An expert on Congress will discuss the dynamics of the legislative process and the three key elements that drive today's institution: politics, policy and procedure. He will review differences between the House and Senate, as well as what happens at the end of one Congress and the beginning of a new Congress.
Today's Legislative Process and Congressional Operations
The instructor will briefly review how a bill becomes a law by tracking legislation from introduction and referral to committee, through committee hearings and markups, floor consideration, to final passage and presidential action. The political and procedural aspects at play in every step will be discussed.
Politics and Leadership in the New Congress: Winners, Losers, and What the Election Means for the 114th Congress
An experienced political analyst will discuss the formal and informal leadership structures in the House and Senate, focusing on key leadership players and committee assignments. He will also comment on the midterm elections and what they mean for the 114th Congress in terms of leadership and issues.
Public Policy and Foreign Policy Making in Congress and in Washington
The many forces that influence policy development and decision making in Congress will be discussed in a macro and micro sense. Discussion will include the role of the electorate and political parties, as well as Congress' interactions with the White House, executive agencies, the media, and other political players.
Outcomes of the 2014 Election and Campaign and Election Trends
This session will provide an overview of the current environment on Capitol Hill and advocacy in today's legislative process. Discussion will focus on how outside interests, including executive agencies, can communicate effectively with members of Congress and staff, and build positive working relationships. The instructor will provide practical suggestions as well as important do's and don'ts of interacting with Congress.
Presidential-Congressional Relations: Implications for the Relationship Between the New Congress and the White House
The instructor will present an expert analysis of the key results of the November election, and interpret what they mean for the political landscape of the U.S. He will also take an insightful look at trends in how campaigns, political communication, and elections are conducted in the United States, citing examples from the recent campaigns.
How the Media Covers Washington: The White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon
The instructor will examine how acts by the U.S. Congress have helped create the institutional presidency, and shifted the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches. He will review how the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches has shifted over time, and look ahead at the potential working relationship between the White House and the Congress.
A Member's Perspective on Politics and Policy
An experienced reporter will discuss who comprises the Washington press corps, and how they cover the big beats in DC. Questions to be addressed include: how forthcoming are these institutions with information, what role does the media play in shaping policy debate in these institutions, and what role does it play in elections, campaigns, and a "war" environment.
A former member of Congress will analyze the many pressures and responsibilities that a member must balance in day-to-day decision-making and policy-making. Discussion will include how members make voting decisions; advance legislative and political agenda; handle press operations and fund-raising; deal with incoming mail and other communications; get re-elected, and more.
This session will introduce the congressional budget process, the major players, procedures, and timing of decisions. The President's budget, authorizations, appropriations, and reconciliation will be reviewed, and attendees will see the "big picture" of federal budgeting.
The Role of OMB in the Legislative Process
The instructor will examine the role of the executive branch in the legislative process from initial proposal, to draft legislation, through congressional consideration, to signing ceremony in the Rose Garden. Discussion will include the important role of the Office of Management and Budget in the formulation and approval of legislation and the president's official policy program.
Polling in America
This session will discuss how polling is done in America today including how topics and subjects are chosen, the technology, and the behind the scenes methodology. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to interpret poll results reported in the news, and how they can become more informed consumers of poll results. The instructor will also touch on the influence of polls on decision-making in Congress, and at all levels of government.
The Work of Personal and Committee Staff
A congressional staff member will discuss the work environment on the Hill including the positions and responsibilities of committee and personal staff, and the organization of congressional offices. She will focus on what staffers need or expect from outside interests, and how these interests can build strong working relationships with staffers and the Hill. She will also provide her insights into the dynamics and agendas of her committee.
Previous attendees include executives, managers, agency staff, technical staff, military officers, government relations professionals, lawyers, elected officials, program analysts, budget analysts, and others who needed a solid overview of Congress and the Hill.
November xx-xx, 2014: Location in Washington, DC, will be announced before Briefing.
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well, the perspectives on the Obama administration were
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A team of more than 12 Hill and political experts, each with at least 10 years' experience in observing or working with or in Congress, teach this intensive 3-day course.
Select Previous FacultyKen Ackerman Hon. Michael Andrews Col. Michael Barron Steven Billet Glen Bolger Clinton Brass Hon. Jim Chapman Ann Compton Rhodes Cook Stephen Daggett Chris Davis Sid Davis Chris Deering John Donnelly Hon. Thomas Downey Hon. Dennis Eckart Ron Elving Ron Faucheux Hon. Vic Fazio Lee Fritschler Jim Garamone Deanna Gelak Don Gessaman Philip Joyce Sheilah Kast Kevin "Spanky" Kirsch William LaForge Bob Levi Robert McLean Col. Alan Metzler Roy Meyers Cleta Mitchell Ned Monroe Walter Oleszek Betsy Palmer Chuck Parkinson Paul Powell David Rehr Steve Roberts Mark Rozell Paul Rundquist Hon. Patricia Schroeder Hon. David Skaggs Hon. Jim Slattery James Thurber Pat Towell Gene Ulm Hon. Robert Walker Stephen Wayne Hon. William Zeliff Our Clients Congressional Offices Federal Agencies Military NGOs and Nonprofits Diplomatic Corps Fortune 500 Law Firms Lobbying Firms Labor Unions Associations Also See Congress by the Numbers Congressional Leadership and Committees (listing) Federal Budget Links and Research Tools Glossary of Congressional and Legislative Terms