Recess time!

Working in a Congressional office, you begin to get accustomed with the patterns of busyness and rhythms of the Capitol. This is exceedingly present in the difference between being “in-session” versus “out-of-session.” When Congress is in-session the halls are hustling and bustling, the members of Congress are dashing from meeting to meeting, barely even getting in time for lunch, and in the office we

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At the front office

are sometimes so overflowing with people, that our staff has to convene people in the hallway. I guess we know where the term “lobbying” comes from. On out-of-session days however, things settle into a productive lull. While there is plenty still to get done
(research, reading, mail), and members are busy out in their home districts, things seem a lot quieter. When Congress isn’t in session there is also the added benefit being able to dress down in classic Pacific Northwest “semi-formal” style (which consequently is “casual” here on the East Coast).

I like to take this time to focus in on developing my writing and research skills through legislative research. One thing that I have found in this process, is sometimes the government is too good at collecting data. Sometimes I will think I have hit a gold mine of information just to realize that it is just slightly on a different topic. This only leads me to learn more about the subject, something that I don’t contest much. Who knew I could have so much fun looking at government reports!

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