All Politics Is Local: How Firefighters Can Make an Impact at the Federal Level
There is an axiom often cited on Capitol Hill that "all politics is local" when describing the legislative process. Each year, Congress appropriates more than $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending (this excludes approximately $3 trillion in mandatory spending). While members of Congress base their decisions to appropriate funds on many factors, the most important factor is the input they receive from their constituents—the individuals who vote them in and out of office. Members of the fire and emergency services should not rely on others to lobby on their behalf; every firefighter should take an active interest in advocating for federal legislation and programs that benefit all firefighters and emergency services personnel. With more than 25 years of experience in Washington, DC, working with members of Congress and Administration officials on federal public safety legislation and programs, the instructor will offer his insight on the craft of lobbying and explain what's at stake if the fire service is silent on Capitol Hill while other constituencies are vocal.