Direct Connect to Congress with the legendary Judy Schneider



Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention's recent guidelines to cancel or postpone in-person gatherings over the next 8 weeks, we decided to postpone this series. We intend to reschedule. You can contact the WGR Office for more information. 

WGR is well-known in Washington for this popular event, designed to give government relations professionals’ unique insights and perspectives on the inner workings of Congress.

WGR’s “Direct Connect to Congress” features a DC legend, Judy Schneider, a specialist on Congress and a former House and Senate committee staffer. She has taught hundreds of Members of Congress and their staff on Congressional procedure and is co-author of Congressional Deskbook, a comprehensive resource tool frequently used by Congress and lobbyists. Judy was recognized as WGR’s Distinguished Member in 2004 and a fellowship (link) has been created in her honor.

Judy is in a class by herself. She is as entertaining as she is knowledgeable. And she knows her topic better than anyone.

2020 REGISTRATION Information:

Registration for Direct Connect to Congress is open! Click below to register for single session or register for the full series. 

Location: The Yard, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Washington DC, 20003
Time: 8:30 am to 11: 00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:30 am, sessions run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Individual Session Full Course (discounted!)
Member   $80  $430 ($50 savings!)
Full Time Student Member   $40  $190 ($50 savings!)
Non Member  $130 $700 ($50 savings!) 

Session Descriptions

Committee Procedure


Congressional committees formulate legislative language through various procedures in sub- and full- committee. Learn about bill referral strategies, mark-ups, committee politics, the role of the chairman and ranking member along with an overview of committee staff roles in committee proceedings.

House Procedure


“Germaneness,” “committee of the whole,” “suspension,” - these terms and many more will be explained in this section of the institute. Learn about the role of the Rules Committee and the procedural processes used to pass a bill on the floor.

Senate Procedure


Learn why the founding fathers created procedures on the Senate floor in order to make the Senate “the deliberative body.” This session will discuss such subjects as: “motions to table,” “quorum calls,” “filibusters,” “cloture,” “post cloture,” the role of the Vice President and presiding officer, time agreements and all other features that govern debate on the Senate floor.

Amendment Process


The amendment process can be used by members of Congress to change legislation to reflect their interests and views. In this session, you will learn about the amendment tree and the many layers of the amendment process.



“Earmarks,” “302(B) allocations,” “cardinals,” “reconciliation,” - learn these terms and the many others that constitute the process by which Congress allocates funds. This class is an in-depth look at the funding cycle from the President’s budget to the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Guest speaker: Megan Lynch, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process

Conference Procedure


“Learn the importance of the joint committee comprised of House and Senate members appointed to resolve differences between the chambers on a particular measure.
Guest speaker: Walter Oleszek, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied 12 credits for the entire Direct Connect Series (2 credits per session) toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.