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Walk the corridors of the Capitol, and witness the legislative process firsthand in this fast-paced, in-depth course. Hear from members of Congress, and observe floor action in the House of Representatives and the Senate as you explore how bills are initiated, written, and passed.

Speakers highlight current national policy issues, and explain the politics, policies, and processes of Capitol Hill. Take this program along with Inside the White House to get an extensive, front-row view of how the federal government really works.

This course is required for the Certificate in Policy Strategy.


July 2013Inside Congress
“I’m stunned by how comprehensively the course is organized. Everything related to congress was carefully categorized and distributed in the program with balanced perspectives. If I am to be the next one working in our US Embassy in charge of legislative liaison affairs, this course will be a perfect pre-job training to save time finding directions, build networks with all sorts of government agencies, gain a better understanding of how to make our mission welcomed by congressional staff, and even how to increase our influence by making connections with lobbyists or the media.

I will write a recommendation report on this program. I think all of our diplomats should attend this course before assuming their post in DC. Plus, this is one of the best experiences I have in Brookings. I really appreciate the hard work and making this wonderful educational opportunity available to us. Thank you!”

—Participant Erica Lee, Taiwan Diplomacy Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy Studies Visiting Fellow at Brookings

September 2012—Inside Congress
“This program is second to none.  In terms of topics, materials, information and organization and practical knowledge gained.  This BEE program should be required for all elected officials, civic leaders and the average citizen.  Understanding congressional operations certainly has the Brookings Institution status and excellence!”

 —Participant David Sickey, Member of Council, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Office of the Tribal Council

Program Benefits:

  • Understand the processes and pressures that drive Congress
  • Gain an awareness of current policy issues and how they affect you
  • Develop the ability to work more effectively with the legislative branch
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