10 Rules for Working With Congress

Rep. Roe (R-TN) talks with scientists from Vanderbilt University. Credit: CNSF.

Rep. Roe (R-TN) talks with scientists
from Vanderbilt University. Credit: CNSF.

  1. Know Your Goal.
  2. Understand How Congress Works and Makes Decisions.
  3. Conduct Detailed Background Research.
  4. Use Your Knowledge of the Legislative Process to Determine the Timing of Your Course of Action.
  5. Be Clear and Succinct.
  6. Understand Congressional Staff and Their Influence.
  7. Provide Concrete Suggestions.
  8. Present Support of Science as a Means to Meet National and Local Goals, Not an Entitlement.
  9. Be Willing to Say “I Don’t Know.”
  10. Follow Up Appropriately.

These rules are explained in detail in Working With Congress.