Most Members of Congress spend the majority of their time in Washington working in committees. Committees are where the most substantive work of the Congress gets done. Bills are drafted, revised, debated and marked up in committees.
Congressional committees have several full time staff who have considerable expertise on the programs and issues for which the committee is responsible. Consequently, much of The Arc's federal advocacy efforts involve working with committee staff to develop legislation and oversee programs of interest to the disability community.