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Capitol Hill: An Inside Perspective. Kelly Reed Legislative Assistant Senator Russ Feingold Warning: My views, and mine alone. What Am I Talking About?. Understanding the Hill WRDA CWRA. Understanding the Hill. Know the environment Understand the role of the staff

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Capitol hill an inside perspective

Capitol Hill:An Inside Perspective

Kelly Reed

Legislative Assistant

Senator Russ Feingold

Warning: My views, and mine alone


What am i talking about

What Am I Talking About?

  • Understanding the Hill

  • WRDA

  • CWRA


Understanding the hill

Understanding the Hill

  • Know the environment

  • Understand the role of the staff

  • Understand a Member of Congress’ decision-making process


The hill know the environment

The Hill:Know the Environment

It’s a zoo here!


The hill understand the role of staff

The Hill: Understand the Role of Staff

  • House vs. Senate

  • Age/Experience varies

  • Smart, capable, ambitious…

  • Politically savvy

  • Fierce loyalty to member and party

  • Often well-versed in issues but rarely experts

  • Very little time to delve

  • Not particularly well-paid


The hill understand the role of staff1

The Hill: Understand the Role of Staff

  • Filter the incoming flow of information

  • Write speeches

  • Prepare for committee hearings & markups

  • Coordinate with other offices

  • Meet with constituents & interest groups

  • Draft legislation

  • Advise member on strategy, politics, substance

  • Respond to constituent inquiries & concerns


The hill decision making process

The Hill: Decision-Making Process

  • Who does action help/hurt in the district/state?

  • How relevant to member’s priorities?

  • How fit with member’s overall political philosophy and prior record?

  • How does this affect the party?

  • How will the media and public react?

  • What do influential groups (LCV, Chamber of Commerce, States) think about the issue?


The hill legislative process

The Hill:Legislative Process

  • A New Day, New Priorities

  • Bill Sponsor and Cosponsors?

    (or other legislative vehicle? Move ahead two spaces)

  • Committee?

  • Votes?

  • Administration Veto?


Thanks for listening

Thanks for listening.

Questions?


Overview of the clean water authority restoration act

Overview of the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act

  • Why is bill needed?

  • What does bill do?

  • What does bill NOT do?


Overview of the clean water authority restoration act1

Overview of the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act

  • Why is bill needed?

    • Supreme Court decisions

    • Result = Potential for decreased CWA protections

    • Result = Confusing and costly permitting

  • What does bill do?

  • What does bill NOT do?


Overview of the clean water authority restoration act2

Overview of the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act

  • Why is bill needed?

  • What does bill do?

    • CWA of 1972: “navigable” = “all waters of the United Sates”

    • CWARA: “all waters of the United Sates” = regulatory definition used by EPA and Corps

  • What does bill NOT do?


Overview of the clean water authority restoration act3

Overview of the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act

  • Why is bill needed?

  • What does bill do?

  • What does bill NOT do?

    • Does not change the existing permitting process

    • Does not change the EPA and Corps’ existing regulations

    • Does not prohibit development or other activities that discharge pollutants into waters

    • Does not change the current exemptions related to farming, forestry, and infrastructure maintenance

    • Does not override state and local authority to provide additional protections to covered waters.


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