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Congress For Dummies helps you sort out what Congress doeson a daily basis and what it all means to you, the citizen. Itshows you how to get organized, make your voice heard, andinfluence legislation that might affect you. Full of helpfulresources such as contact information for House and Senate offices,and smart, straightforward explanations of the legislative process,this book is everything you need to understand Congress and getinvolved in your government.

Whether you just want to know how government works, or you wantto get involved to change your country, this simple guide coversall the ins and outs of Congress. It’s a nonpartisan look atCongress that includes forewords by Speaker of the House DennisHastert and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Inside you’llfind easy explanations and helpful tips on how to:

  • Get involved in the democratic process
  • Influence legislation that’s important to you
  • Understa nd Congress and the media
  • Contact your senators and representatives
  • Check out Congress in action, in person
  • Deal with congressional staff

Expert author David Silverberg — Managing Editor and acolumnist at the Washington weekly The Hill — takesthe mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducingyou to the players and explaining everything from legislation andlobbying to caucuses and coalitions. Written with the citizenadvocate in mind, this helpful guide gives regular people the toolsand knowledge they need to achieve their aims. Inside, you’lldiscover:

  • How the three branches of government work together
  • How to register your opinion with your elected officials
  • How the legislative process works — from idea to law
  • How debates, conferences, and vetoes work
  • How budgeting and appropriations work
  • How to get the most effect from your politicalcontributions
  • How the lobbying process works
  • How to advocate for legislation
  • How to deal with congressional staffers
  • How to make use of congressional services

Getting something done in the messy confusion of democracy andbureaucracy is no easy task. Full of the kind of information andknowledge that Washington insiders take for granted, CongressFor Dummies levels the playing field so that regular people— just like you — can make a difference, too.

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