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Training in the Interest of the House
Training is acceptable, “if such training is in the interest of the House.” (House Rule XXV, clause 5(a)(3)(L)). Also acceptable under this provision are “food and refreshments furnished to all attendees as an integral part of the training.”
This provision may apply to, for example, vendor promotional training, i.e., training provided by a company for the purpose of promoting its products or services. However, the acceptance of training may implicate the prohibition against private subsidy of official activity (House Rule XXIV, clauses 1 to 3), and thus Members and staff should consult with the Committee before accepting training under this provision. This provision does not extend to meals in connection with presentations made by lobbyists or advocacy groups, or to meals in connection with briefings or discussions relating to issues before the Congress.