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Congressional Aide
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     challenging words:    database, filing, ideology, reproach, representative, committee, politics, legislative, social, integrity, directly, communication, maintain, opening, affected, political
     content words:    Congressional Aide, United States


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Congressional Aide
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     Members of Congress are very busy people. They work in Washington, D.C. and represent the people of their home state. To help them to do their job well, they hire aides. Congressional aides perform a variety of tasks for senators and representatives. Some aides work in Washington, D.C. Others work in the congressional representative's home state. In either location, clerical aides perform tasks such as word processing, filing, opening and sorting mail, and fielding phone calls. Other aides perform research, conduct polls, or provide computer support.
 
2     Aides who work in Washington, D.C. help the congressional representative with the legislative process. They may perform research on bills, give advice, or attend committee meetings. They may be directly involved in writing bills, speeches, or papers that explain the position their member of Congress takes on an issue.
 
3     Aides who work in the home state office deal more directly with the constituents of the senator or representative. They will meet with visitors to the office, maintain a database of voters in their state, and work directly on election campaigns.

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