in a Nutshell
crash course in Congress
staff or members need a basic overview of what Congress is about?
Do they need a basic understanding of how a bill becomes a law, the
important work of committees, or who the current leaders are?
This popular introductory course is for staff who need to know:
powers Congress has
under the Constitution
Understanding the (sometimes baffling)
structure of the legislative branch
Learn about formal and informal leadership in the House
how a bill becomes law
from introduction and referral of legislation through
Custom Training Information
Introduction to Congress and Capitol Hill
Nature of and differences between the House and
Why Congress behaves the way it does
The many responsibilities of members
A look at the current Congress
The Path of Legislation
Introduction and referral
Committee action, hearings, and reports
Scheduling; amending; and floor action
Conference committees--reconciling differences
between the houses
Final passage and presidential action
Politics and Leadership in Congress
The current political environment
Types of leadership in Congress
Majority and minority leadership structure in the
House and Senate
Committee assignments, the seniority system, party
Leadership in the Congress
We can add other topics, including the budget process,
finding and using bills and hearing transcripts, and working
with congressional staff.
Breaks scheduled as appropriate
All custom training is tailored for each organization and
audience. Topics from this program are frequently
combined with topics from our other programs and can
also be combined with topics from your existing
Sample agendas of different versions of this program tailored for
previous custom clients are available in
As part of "legislative day" training for national
for multi-national corporation
As part of 1-day program "Understanding Congress, the
Legislative Process and Tracking Legislation" for
See our Sample Agendas page for more.
Outstanding overview of Congress and its leadership.
This program is effective for between 20 and 500
Variations of this program have been presented for
various federal agencies, military departments,
foreign delegations, law enforcement agencies, labor
unions, associations, and corporations.
selected client list includes clients who have
purchased custom training, sent staff to our public
programs and who have purchased our publications.
Course materials can include personal copy of the
Training Edition of the
Congressional Deskbook for each attendee.
Length and Location
Usually requires 30 minutes to 1/2 day. Topics from this
course are frequently mixed with other topics for programs
ranging from 1 to 2 days in length.
This program is usually held in Washington, DC. It can be
presented anywhere in the United States and in many foreign
The fee for this program depends on the location,
number of attendees, length, and training materials.
Call us for details, or complete our
custom program information request for more
is included in the fee?
TheCapitol.Net tailors each program to meet your
training and educational objectives. Before we issue
a cost proposal,
we will work with you to tailor a program to meet
your training objectives.
fee includes pre-program development and design,
materials for your internal marketing and promotion,
all course materials, and
faculty chosen for your topic and your audience
at the time and location you choose.
Our custom program clients provide the
classroom/meeting space, all audio visual equipment,
any food and beverages, all registration functions,
and travel arrangements for attendees. When the
program is held outside the Washington, DC metro
area, travel arrangements for faculty can be made by
the client or by us.
We can also provide meeting space,
online venue, audio visual
equipment, food and beverage, registration, and
travel arrangements, though this affects program
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Payment methods we accept for custom training
include checks, and EFT/ACH.
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Congressional Documents Online
Congressional Leadership and Committees
Glossary of Congressional
and Legislative Terms
Legislation and Legislatures, including
national, state and local links
All custom training from TheCapitol.Net is tailored for each organization and
audience. Topics from this program can be combined with
topics from our other programs and with topics from your
existing training programs.
of the government and the legislative process."
Workshop Attendee, Sandia National Laboratories
"I encourage people with the same work experience
[5 years] to attend this program. It has
enhanced my understanding, cleared confusion, and dusted
off previous knowledge."
-- Manager, Food Distributors International
"Great basic course for newcomers to legislative
process. Also a good refresher course for those
who have been around awhile."
-- Deputy Director, National Guard Association
"Excellent overview of the government and the
-- Staff member, Sandia
"Recommend to someone with little or no previous
-- Program Analyst, DEA
"A good, thorough introduction. Materials are
"Program provides attendee a broad understanding of all
facets of Congress. Excellent!"
Air Combat Command, Financial Analysis
"Very useful program.... The speakers brought
out points that aren't usually discussed."
"Good general info for foreign diplomat."
more testimonials about this program.
some of the attendees at our custom programs say about our custom training.
Our faculty, Hill veterans all, bring Congress to life with colorful
examples of Congress in action.
To help you publicize and market a custom program to
your organization's audience, we can provide printed
materials and language for your own internal
promotion and publicity.