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Dewonkify – Inside the Beltway

The Word/Phrase: Inside the Beltway

Definition

The Beltway” is a term used to describe the geographic area around Washington, DC, that is encircled by Interstate 495. “Inside the Beltway” refers to political and U.S. Government activities and work that occur in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Used in a Sentence

“Verizon’s quick response has more to do with its brand reputation with customers and inside the Beltway than liability, sources said.” From “Verizon on offense behind the scenes,” by Anna Palmer, Politico, June 6, 2013.

History

The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) was created in 1964, but it is unclear when the term “inside the Beltway” originated. However, Nicholas M. Horrock wrote in the New York Times on October 12, 1975, that,  “It can be said that the myriad doubts about the Warren Commission’s findings in the death of President Kennedy represent a reverse situation. The doubts would never be taken seriously until they were inside the Beltway, in the halls of Congress, the courts and the White House.”

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James Twaddell, Government Relations Attorney, Drinker Biddle
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Jim Twaddell is a government relations director with the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy team and senior vice president with the District Policy Group. Jim has a broad range of government relations and lobbying experience and extensive knowledge of legislative issues related to health care policy, federal appropriations funding, grassroots initiatives and advocacy training.

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