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What We’re Reading

GAI | May 9, 2017

We are living in interesting times.  In order to bring you more insight on the issues of the day, we thought we’d send out a sampling of what we’re reading in the office.  There’s a lot going on in addition to the recent budget developments that Josh Huder ably covers in his piece for this


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GAI | January 12, 2017

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. 


Director’s Desk: December 1, 2016

Kenneth Gold | December 1, 2016

Welcome back!  In case you hadn’t noticed, the GAI  On the Hill Newsletter has been on hiatus since Congress adjourned in July.  Although they reconvened for the lame duck two weeks ago with the same Members of Congress in both chambers, Donald Trump’s surprise election victory has altered much of the landscape in Congress as


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Kenneth Gold | July 14, 2016

Although appropriators have been diligently working on the individual FY17 spending bills in each chamber, as of today the House has managed to pass only four of the twelve bills, and the Senate only three.  None have been sent to the president, and it remains unlikely that more than two or three of the bills


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In normal circumstances, all spending measures begin in the House. But this year, in the absence of passing a budget resolution in the House, as Josh discusses in the accompanying newsletter piece, Senate leadership will move forward on spending bills without any guidance from the lower chamber. Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced


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Kenneth Gold | March 18, 2016

Although the NCAA Tournament attracts far more attention, mid-March also marks the beginning phase of the congressional budget and appropriations process. Even though the November 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act set the discretionary spending levels for FY17, passing a budget resolution is still significant.  First, a budget resolution is a political document, and provides a vehicle


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Kenneth Gold | February 24, 2016

By far the most interesting and important political dynamic to watch in the Second Session will be relations between Speaker Ryan and ultra-conservatives in his own party.  The first real test of that will come when the House Budget Committee issues its FY17 spending plan. The 2015 Bipartisan Budget Agreement set discretionary levels for this


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Kenneth Gold | February 8, 2016

Will 2016 be more like 1994, or 2014? The Bipartisan Budget Agreement (PL 114-74) signed in November would seem to pave the way for relatively easy passage of at least some, if not all of the 12 individual FY17 appropriations bills.  Under the two-year deal, top line discretionary spending levels (302a) are in place for


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Kenneth Gold | January 20, 2016

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its revised update that projects the federal deficit increasing this year to $544 billion, $130 billion higher than its August estimate, and $105 billion more than last year’s deficit.  It will equal 2 cialis 20mg fta 4.9% of GDP, and will be the first time


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Kenneth Gold | January 7, 2016

Having tried and failed for five years, congressional Republicans last night finally passed and sent to the president a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, fully knowing they don’t have the votes to override a certain veto. Although the House had already voted 61 times to repeal Obamacare, Republicans had been unable to bring


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