Unveiling Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide

 

Former Representatives Lee Hamilton and Ronald Sarasin To Unveil Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide on 1/18

 

WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress and recently Co-Chair of the Iraq Study Group, and former U.S. Rep. Ronald Sarasin, President of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, will present Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide on January 18, 2007 at 5pm in the Mansfield Room of the U.S Capitol, S207.

WHAT: Unveiling Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide

WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 5pm

WHERE: The Mansfield Room, U.S. Capitol, S207

WHO: Former Members of Congress Lee Hamilton and Ronald Sarasin, and Fred Hassan, CEO, Schering-Plough Corporation

"Constituents need a booklet that explains in understandable terms what Congress does and why it is an important institution," says Hamilton. Understanding Congress explains the concept of representative democracy and the role of Congress, the basics of how Congress works, the responsibilities of a Member of Congress, and the importance of citizen participation."

"Constituents need a booklet that explains in understandable terms what Congress does and why it is an important institution," says Hamilton. Understanding Congress explains the concept of representative democracy and the role of Congress, the basics of how Congress works, the responsibilities of a Member of Congress, and the importance of citizen participation."

"We hope members will give copies of Understanding Congress to constituents who visit D.C., and to citizens and groups they meet with back home — in town forums, community meetings, and school assemblies," says Sarasin.

Published by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the 24-page booklet was developed in cooperation with the Center on Congress.

Publication of the booklet was made possible by a grant from the Schering-Plough Corporation. Schering-Plough CEO Fred Hassan will be present January 18 to explain his company's role in funding this project. Schering-Plough is one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world, with major product lines in both human and animal health. The corporation, headquartered in Kenilworth, N.J., has 32,000 employees.

To RSVP, call Mary Hughes at (202) 543-8919 Ext. 31, or e-mail hughes@uschs.org

Backgrounder: Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide

Aimed at ordinary citizens, Understanding Congress: A Citizen's Guide is a non-partisan, non-technical booklet that explains: the concept of representative democracy and the role of Congress, the basics of how Congress works, the responsibilities of a Member of Congress, and the importance of citizen participation.

The booklet has four sections: The first, "Representative Democracy," outlines the powers granted to Congress by the Constitution and highlights Congress' vital role in forging compromises among the many conflicting opinions in our large and diverse nation.

The second section, "How Congress Functions," gives an overview of the House and Senate and the process by which a bill becomes law.

Section three, "How Members of Congress Work," sketches what members and congressional committees do on a typical day.

Finally, "How You Participate" emphasizes that Americans must communicate their concerns to Congress in order for the body to respond to the people's needs.

The Center on Congress and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society are private, non-partisan educational institutions established to improve the public's understanding of Congress and to encourage civic engagement. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society's mission includes educating the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol Building, its institutions and the people who have served in Congress.