Legislative Process

What are Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Drug Offenses

Dave Kraljic, CEO    Feb 11, 2014

What is the Appropriation-Authorization Process

Dave Kraljic, CEO    Jan 06, 2014

Understanding Congress Part 3 of 7: How Laws Are Made

The process is complex. Of the tens of thousands of bills in one 2 year session on ly a small percentage ever become law. This part describes that process.

Dave Kraljic, CEO    May 30, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 4 of 7: Types of Bills

There are 5 types of bills used by Congress to make the laws of our nation. This part describes each of those types and how they are used.

Jeff Macleod, Senior Analyst    May 30, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 5 of 7: Communicating with Congress

As part 1 of this series suggests, one of the primary purposes of Congress in a representative democracy is to represent their constituents. So how then do Americans have their voice heard? This part is designed to provide guidance in that effort.

Dave Kraljic, CEO    May 30, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 6 of 7: How Votetocracy can help Americans

Votetocracy is designed to give Americans a greater collective impact on the Congressional decisions. This part covers how Votetocracy works and the way in which we help measure improve communications with Congress.

Jeff Macleod, Senior Analyst    May 30, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 7 of 7: The Influence Landscape

Influence takes many forms in a complicated web of direct spending and political advocacy. This part is designed to provide and overview of the different types of efforts used to gain influence with decision-makers in Congress.

Dave Kraljic, CEO    May 30, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 2 of 7: Making sense of Congressional Terminology

Cloture, On motion, or Pocket Veto. Terms foreign to many of Americans make it difficult to understand what the bills in Congress are really about. This part breaks down many of these terms we can all be better informed.

Jeff Macleod, Senior Analyst    May 30, 2011

What are Executive Orders

An executive order is any directive issued by the leader of the executive branch. Most often used by Presidents, Executive Orders can be directives to wage war for example. In this post we provide a brief history of their use and the types of orders that have given.

Dave Kraljic, CEO    May 07, 2011

Communicating with Congress

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Your elected officials represent you whether you voted for them or not. But they and their offices are busy people so communications should be a brief and clear as possible. Choose the way to communicate above that best fits your goals for communicating.

Jeff Macleod, Senior Analyst    Apr 28, 2011

Understanding Congress Part 1 of 7: Congress Overview


Our democracy is a representative democracy where those in Congress represent us. This overview describes the basics of how our Congress works. Covering the two chambers - Senate and The House of Representatives and their exclusive powers as well as responsibilities of different people and committees in each chamber.

Dave Kraljic, CEO    Apr 28, 2011

What is Reconciliation?

Dave Kraljic, CEO    Feb 26, 2011

How many Senators and Representatives are there in Congress?

The number of Senators is fixed at two per state, equaling 100 Senators. The number of members in the House of Representatives is a different story and is based on population. Read on to learn more about how representation is determined. 

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst    May 07, 2011