Senate Bootcamp: Committees, Procedures and Tactics

06 Nov, 2020

Senate Bootcamp: Committees, Procedures, and Advocacy Tactics

March 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Want to expand your expertise and elevate your advocacy strategies by deep diving into the workings of the Senate? This workshop is for you. Our experts will provide an in-depth overview of the processes, procedures and key committees of the Senate, 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 pm ET             117th Senate Introduction

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

  • An overview of freshmen class and dynamics
  • Policies and trends to expect from a 50-50 Senate over the next two years
  • General trends to incorporate into your strategic planning

Jill Kozeny
Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
American Council of Life Insurers

1:40-1:50 pm ET                  Break

1:50-3:00 pm ET                 Senate Deep Dive

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

  • Outlining the processes, rules and norms that govern the Senate
  • 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 Senate
  • Reviewing best-in-class lobbying tactics and compliance considerations
Jon Deuser
President & CEO
The Smith-Free Group
UNITED STATES - MARCH 10: Niels Lesniewski of CQ Roll Call is photographed, March 11, 2016. (Photo By Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Niels Lesniewski
Chief Correspondent, White House & Congress
CQ Roll Call

UNITED STATES - MARCH 29: Jennifer Shutt of CQ Roll Call is photographed, March 29, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jennifer Shutt
Budget & Appropriations Reporter
CQ Roll Call

3:00-3:10 pm ET                  Break

3:10-4:00 pm ET                  Working with Key Senate 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 Senate: committees. We’ll cover:

  • An overview of key influential committees, such as Budget, Finance, Agriculture and HELP
  • 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
Natalie Burkhalter
Senior Director
Barbara Hiden
Vice President, Head of Federal Affairs
American Beverage Association

4:00 p.m.  ET        Adjourn

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

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