House Bootcamp: Committees, Procedures and Tactics

19 Feb, 2021

House Bootcamp: Committees, Procedures and Tactics

April 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Want to expand your expertise and elevate your advocacy strategies for Congress? Join us for this deep dive into the workings of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our experts will provide an in-depth overview of the processes, procedures, and key committees of the House, as well as trends to expect from the current class.

This program is eligible for 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management


1:00-1:40 p.m.    117th House Introduction

We’ll kick things off by reviewing what makes the 117th House unique, including:

  • An overview of freshmen class and dynamics
  • Policies and trends to expect from the House over the next two years
  • Advocacy strategies for influencing House leadership
  • General trends to incorporate into your strategic planning

Jim Tobin
Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist
National Association of Home Builders

1:40-1:50 p.m.    Break

1:50-3:00 p.m.    House Deep Dive

In this session our experts will walk through the intricacies of the House with an advocacy focus in mind, such as:

  • Outlining the processes, rules and norms that govern the House
  • Defining key terms and roles so you’re prepared
  • Overviewing the budget process, reconciliation and amendment process, so you’re prepared to explain the process to internal or external stakeholders
  • Exploring the role Caucuses, the House, and federal agencies play in influencing the House
  • Reviewing best-in-class lobbying tactics and compliance considerations

Kellie Adesina
Director, Government Affairs
Bayer Crop Science


Adam Schank
Legislative Analyst Team Leader
Bloomberg Government


Emily Wilkins
Congressional and Campaigns Reporter
Bloomberg Government

3:00-3:10 p.m.    Break

3:10-4:00 p.m.    Working with Key House Committees

In this session our experts will give you the information and tools you need to navigate the linchpin of policies succeeding or failing in the House: committees. We’ll cover:

  • An overview of key influential committees, such as Budget, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce
  • The procedures, rules and norms you need to know before contacting Committees
  • Advocacy tactics to increase the likeliness of the policy outcome you want to see

Kristina Dunklin
Senior Vice President
Forbes Tate Partners, LLC

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Francesca McCrary
Senior Vice President
Forbes Tate Partners, LLC

4:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Event Location

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This program will be hosted on a secure virtual platform. 

*Participants joining the program virtually will receive an email one week beforehand with instructions for logging on to our web-based platform. On the platform, they will be able to listen and participate through any computer or internet-enabled device, see a video of the speakers, and ask questions and participate in the discussion via a chat box.


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Register Online 

  • Members: $369
  • Non-Members: $499

Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.

Kelly Memphis

Kelly Memphis
Senior Manager of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Practice
202.787.5957 | email