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How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, 2nd Edition by Lily Madeleine Whiteman, Eleanor Holmes Norton

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CHAPTER 5Into the Capitol Hill Power Vortex Working for Congress

“If you want a front row seat to history, you want to work for Congress.”—SENATE STAFFER

If your pulse quickens the closer you get to power, if you’re a political junkie, if you enjoy political horse races, consider working for Congress.

What Does Congress Do?

While federal agencies carry out and enforce laws, Congress writes them. Congress also researches and holds hearings on issues it legislates, oversees federal agencies, confirms the political appointees who run those agencies, and establishes foreign policy. In addition, Congress investigates various government activities, as in What did you know and when did you know it?

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