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Seven tips for making a lasting impression with members of Congress

Are some constituents more memorable than others? Do lawmakers and their staff have better mental recall of some constituents and thus inflate their importance? The research says yes, and that lawmakers use mental shortcuts known as heuristics to help them remember constituents and make decisions.

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It’s time to raise the nation’s D+ infrastructure grade

In his address to Congress, President Trump described a future in which “crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.”

Increased demand for government relations support: How the lobbying industry is changing

Bridget Hagan, a partner at Cypress Advocacy shares the ways in which the lobbying industry is changing, as well as big ticket items that are likely to get done on Capitol Hill this year.

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Ability to reach both parties: How Forbes Tate made BGOV’s list of top lobbying firms

ForbesTate ranked 29th on BGOV’s list of top-performing lobbying firms. We spoke with Jeff Forbes, a founding partner at the firm. He shared the factors that led to their success in 2016 and advice for other firms looking to grow their business.

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Trump’s budget plan hits wall of opposition

The House soon will move to approve a $577.9 billion defense appropriations bill for 2017 — $516.1 billion in the base budget and $61.8 billion for the OCO war account.

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An early look at Mattis’ cost-cutting strategy

Two memos signed this month by Defense Secretary James Mattis offer a glimpse into how he plans to steer the Pentagon toward his intended goal of fiscal responsibility.

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6 steps to increase the effectiveness of your lobby day efforts

Each year, legislators at the federal and state level meet with their constituents during so-called annual “lobby day” events.

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Trump’s infrastructure tax credits—Lasting legacy or private sector giveaway?

Whether the Trump tax credits will leave a legacy of economically important projects or simply subsidize private investments with little public benefit at taxpayer expense will depend on the answers to some critical questions.

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Special Operations Iron Man suit on track for 2018 debut

Special Operations Command’s much talked about tactical assault light operator suit is on track to make its debut in 2018.

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What the change in administration means for your career

Having worked through every presidential transition since 1992, Nels Olson has a keen sense of how Washington changes every four (or eight) years. We spoke with Nels to pick his brain on career transition tips and what to expect as the Trump administration moves into Washington.