Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a member of ABC to register for the 2016 ABC Legislative Week?
No, you do not need to be a member of ABC in order to register for the
conference. Legislative Week offers nonmember rates for attendees interested in portions of the conference.  
What's included with a full registration for
Legislative Week?

With a full registration package you get access to the Legislative Week concurrent sessions and meetings, opening and closing general sessions, the keynote speaker series, food functions, networking receptions and much more.
What forms of payment does the on-site registration desk accept?
On site we accept check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
What is the dress code for the 2016 Legislative Week?
Business casual. 
Can non-committee members attend committee meetings?
No. You must be an active member of an ABC committee in order to attend  ommittee meetings. 
Can non-ABC members attend committee meetings?
No. You must be a member of ABC in order to attend the committee meetings. 
How long are House and Senate terms?
Representatives (House members) are elected to two-year terms and Senators, six-year terms.
What/who is “Leadership?”
Each party selects leaders in the House and Senate.  In the House, the Speaker of the House is the highest position and controls all functions of the chamber. The Speaker is from the majority party, currently Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).  Under the Speaker are the Majority Leader and Majority Whip.  They both focus on promoting and scheduling the majority’s legislative priorities. Currently the Majority Leader is Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the Majority Whip is Steve Scalise (R-La.). In the minority party, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the Leader and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is the Whip.

In the Senate, it follows the same pattern except there is no Speaker. The Majority Leader controls all functions of the chamber.  The Majority Leader is Mitch McConell (R-Ky.) and the Majority Whip is John Cornyn (R-Texas).  The Minority Leader is Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Minority Whip is Dick Durbin (R-Ill.).
Is it appropriate to take a picture with my representative? 
Yes. Many members of Congress may ask you to join them for a picture as they like promoting visits from constituents to their Washington offices.
Are meetings in the district office as effective as a meeting in Washington, D.C.?
Yes, and often more effective.  Having a member of Congress or their staff tour your project site, training facility or chapter office are the best ways to highlight the great work ABC members are doing.  Members of Congress often have more time in their schedules to establish more lasting relationships while home in their districts.