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Senior Fellow Laura Blessing in Scholarship

Dr. Blessing recently joined an interdisciplinary discussion of fiscal policy in the sociology journal Contexts.  Her piece, “The Only Trump Pivot That Mattered”, discusses Trump’s positions on tax policy and their evolution to meet the Republican mold.  It begins on page 17 of the journal’s “Chump Change” section. ​


Kristin Nicholson, J.D.

  Kristin Nicholson became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute in February 2017. Prior to joining GAI, she spent two decades on Capitol Hill, where she served for sixteen years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security.


Director’s Desk

After more than 25 years with the Government Affairs Institute, including 23 years as Director, I’m retiring at the end of the month.  Kristin Nicholson, longtime Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin and a 20 year veteran of the House of Representatives will become GAI Director on February 1. It’s been a great run. 


Senior Fellow Josh Huder in the News

GAI Senior Fellow Josh Huder was recently quoted in two articles discussing congressional Republicans’ challenges in governing and their relationship with the incoming President Trump.  “The Republican Party is going through a bit of a metamorphosis with regards to its base,”….“There’s a lot of uncertainty on the Hill right now. How much are these very


Looking Towards 2017: National Security in Focus

With the election over and cabinet hopefuls parading to Trump Tower, political prognosticators are looking towards 2017.  What will the incoming presidential administration and unified Republican government mean for policy and politics?  The congressional experts at GAI are weighing in with a series of deeper dives on different subject areas.  Below are the contributions for


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in Roll Call

GAI Senior Fellow Mark Harkins gives insight into policies Congress could pass under Trump.“Most of his major proposals, like any presidential candidate, require resources,”… “The wall needs money. The infrastructure stuff he was talking about last night needs money. Reforming the tax code to give back to the American people, that needs resources. … The


No Rest for the Weary: Senior Fellow Josh Huder in USA Today on Congress’s lame duck to-do list

Senior Fellow Josh Huder was quoted in a recent USA Today article on a potential action in the lame duck Congress. You can read the entire article here.


Senior Fellow Josh Huder in Bloomberg News

GAI Senior Fellow Josh Huder was quoted in a story on Bloomberg News on the impact the 2016 election may have on Speaker Ryan’s political ambitions. You can read the article here.


GAI Director Ken Gold quoted in Roll Call story

GAI Director Ken Gold is quoted in a recent Roll Call article that discusses the challenges that Congress will have to overcome in getting through a funding measure for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will be in an especially difficult position balancing his conference competing interests. “Even


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins on NPR News

GAI Senior Fellow Mark Harkins joined NPR News to discuss the lack of congressional approval for Zika funding. He also outlined some of the steps that the executive branch can take in the absence of the 1.9 billion emergency federal funding that the Obama Administration requested back in May of this year. “As part of


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