Policy 101

President Barack Obama signing an executive order.While the U.S. Political system and legislative process can seem a little daunting at first, background knowledge can help you get drawn into all of Washington’s political happenings.

The resources in our Policy 101 section can help you learn, at any stage in your government affairs studies, the Federal budget process, key political terms, Congressional legislative authorities, and how American laws are made.

Start with the links below to get an introduction to the United States policy and budget processes, and to learn more about how you can get involved in ocean advocacy and policy development.

Introduction to the U.S. Policy Process

Who’s Who in the U.S. Congress

Who’s My Legislator

Policy Terms Glossary

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