Joseph P. Foley
Joseph P. Foley was Legislative Floor Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980 for a Member of Congress on the Appropriations Committee who later chaired the Defense Subcommittee. While on Capitol Hill, he worked on various energy, environment, transportation, trade, and defense-related programs with the Congressional Leadership and Committees on the House Floor. In 1977, he devised a unique parliamentary strategy that overturned and then amended a Conference Report on Amtrak appropriations. That tactic added $60 million to the transportation budget that year for national rail transit needs.
In 1980, Joseph joined the Administration as a member of the Congressional Affairs team. While there he lobbied for White House initiatives before the U.S. Congress such as the oil back-out allowance to advance national energy independence and measures related to military readiness in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Later at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he successfully promoted bills in Congress on fire safety, hazardous materials accident mitigation, and the contracting-out of Federal services for private sector bid. One of his projects was an amendment that added $150 million for further purchases of copper and other critical materials for the nation’s strategic stockpile during Senate debate on the FY85 Treasury Department Appropriations Bill.
Joseph holds a Master of Arts degree in International Trade and Development from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. His Bachelor of Arts degree is in History from Elon University, North Carolina. He has given lectures on Congress, the Presidency, and the legislative process as an Adjunct Professor at American University and at several other colleges and universities, including the Universities of Maryland and North Carolina.