CAROLINE LANFORD | Washington, DC
So much has happened since my first week here on the Hill! In the first half of my summer, I’ve already
- Assisted Members of Congress and LAs at our full committee mark-up where CHS ordered reported all eight bills with favorable recommendations
- Wrote the report for one of those bills (H.R. 4812)
- Researched cyber security and education data technology for a joint hearing with the Education and Workforce committee
- Met with Google’s congressional affairs representative about ed. tech regulations and legislation
- Drafted memos on immigration and the technology sector for Members traveling to Silicon Valley
- Assisted Members at a full committee hearing on the unaccompanied children crossing the border into Mexico with DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson and the directors of FEMA and CBP
- Revised a Section by Section Analysis and helped write a fact sheet for an upcoming bill
- Drafted and reviewed floor statements for Members during votes on five of the bills the committee ordered reported from our markup
- Drafted an op-ed on soon-to-be-introduced legislation
So far, the most challenging but also most rewarding things I’ve done have involved writing. I’ve never really enjoyed writing, and it is often very difficult for me, but I’ve loved being able to see things I’ve written be useful for legislation and even get read and spoken by Members of Congress. It’s invaluable to be able to communicate complex facts and ideas in a coherent and convincing manner, so I think this practice writing on a number of different issues and for different audiences and purposes will be highly important to both my academic and professional pursuits in the future.
I’ve continued to learn a lot more about the behind-the-scenes process of how policy is made and what exactly happens on the Hill. I got to attend a surprisingly entertaining lecture by Speaker of the House John Boehner just a few days after the shocking GOP Majority Leader and Whip elections, and cheered on CHS’s very own Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA, 2) at the 52nd Annual Congressional Baseball Game with the rest of my office. In interactions like these and in just walking around the Capitol, I’ve already learned a lot about how important personal relationships and political strategy are to the policymaking process.
Independence Day in the National Capital was amazing, and I’ve absolutely loved every minute of being in DC! There are always so many friendly, intelligent, and interesting people with so many different backgrounds here. It’s truly an international city in a small town.
Until next time, just keep power walking!