Overview

Provides tips on dealing with congressional staff

Take charge of your cause and make government work for you!

Need a passport on short notice? Want to get a bill passed? Looking to contact your representative? This fun, friendly guide takes the mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducing ...

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Congress For Dummies

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Overview

Provides tips on dealing with congressional staff

Take charge of your cause and make government work for you!

Need a passport on short notice? Want to get a bill passed? Looking to contact your representative? This fun, friendly guide takes the mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducing you to the players and explaining the processes – everything from legislation and lobbying to caucuses and coalitions.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118053812
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 525,414
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

David Silverberg is Managing Editor and a columnist at The Hill, a weekly newspaper that covers Congress.
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Table of Contents

Forewords.

Introduction.

Part I: Considering the Two Chambers.

Chapter 1: Welcome to Congress.

Chapter 2: Running Your House: The House of Representatives.

Chapter 3: Scoping Out the Senate.

Part II: Looking at the Legislative Process.

Chapter 4: Introducing a Bill.

Chapter 5: Meeting the Players, Setting the Schedule.

Chapter 6: Reaching the Floor and Beyond.

Part III: Following the Money.

Chapter 7: Raising Revenues.

Chapter 8: Budgeting, Authorizing, and Appropriating Government Money.

Chapter 9: Putting Your Political Contributions to Work.

Part IV: Lobbying from All Angles.

Chapter 10: Looking at Lobbying.

Chapter 11: Explaining Your Cause.

Chapter 12: Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty: Lobbying Members of Congress.

Chapter 13: Getting the Job Done: Congressional Staff.

Chapter 14: Making the Most of the Media.

Chapter 15: Working with Various Media.

Part V: Putting the Practical Side to Use.

Chapter 16: Making Use of Congressional Services.

Chapter 17: Visiting Congress.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Conducting a Lobbying Campaign.

Chapter 19: The Ten Commandments for Dealing with Congressional Staff.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Dealing with Journalists.

Chapter 21: Not Even Ten Suggestions for Improving Congress.

Part VII: The Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary of Congressional and Political Terms.

Appendix B: Committees of the 107th Congress.

Index.

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