Summary of Chapter 8: Understanding the Culture of Congress: An Insider's Guide
*Excerpt from Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide
, copyright Congressional Management Foundation.
- be entrepreneurial. Getting what you want
from Congress requires individual effort and
savvy. Courting leadership is not enough.
- expect partisanship and a lack of
civility. When control of the House and Senate
are tenuously held by a political party, and
Members are not interested in establishing
careers in the institution, partisanship reigns.
- expect quick action on issues.
Policymaking can be slow, partisan and
- think that a congressional schedule
is written in stone. There are often
last minute changes that can result in late
nights and hectic Member schedules.