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Dear Friends, It’s November, and that means a mad rush is underway in Congress to notch some legislative accomplishments before members head home for the holidays (if they’re lucky). House Republicans finally introduced their tax proposal last week, but the steep climb toward passage is only beginning. Multiple fiscal deadlines loom in the coming weeks,


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Dear Friends: Fall is here, and attention on Capitol Hill has shifted decisively towards tax… reform? cuts? Time will tell. In the meantime, GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing takes to the newsletter this month to explain what changing the tax code involves, what makes this effort different from those that came before, and why it’s


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Welcome back, and buckle up! September was always sure to be a hectic month packed with drama and deadlines – from the debt limit and government funding, to the expiration of the flood insurance and children’s health insurance programs. Add to that list new urgency over resources for Hurricane Harvey relief and the fate of


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We’ve heard a lot about “unified control” of government this year, but we’ve seen just as often that in practice true control is nearly impossible to achieve. Below, Josh delves into one key example of the governing challenges facing Republicans: the attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Elsewhere, the annual budget process


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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