During the three-day seminar on Capitol Hill, offered each spring and fall, participants have the opportunity to observe Congress in action in committee and, security permitting, from the House and Senate galleries in the U.S. Capitol. A series of speakers cover topics in both programmatic and budgetary policy areas concerning the management and stewardship of federal agencies
Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the Executive and Legislative processes of our Federal Government through the following sessions:
Introduction and Overview on Government and Congressional Operations
The Changing Nature of Congressional Power
Leadership and Power Centers in the Current Congress
Perspectives on the Current Congress
The Role of Congressional Staff
Interest Groups and Capitol Hill
The President and the Executive Branch
The President (Executive Branch) and Congress
An Overview of the Congressional Budget and Appropriations Processes
The Congressional Budget Process Formulation in the Executive Branch
Preparation for Attendance at Committee Hearings
Attendance at Congressional Hearings in person.
All sessions are led by Dr. Woods or guest speakers including Members of Congress and their staffs, elected state and local officials, journalists, and government scholars.
The fee for this course includes materials on Congress, two continental breakfasts, and all instruction.