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 this section can help you learn, at any level of government affairs knowledge, the Federal budget process, key political terms, Congressional authorities, and how U.S. laws are made.

Our Government Primer provides an introduction to the United States policy and budget processes, and can help you learn more about how you can get involved in ocean advocacy and policy development.

Who’s Who in the U.S. Congress

Information on Elected Officials and Finding Your Legislator

Glossary of Policy Terms

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