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The Sequester Died on May 5

Mark Harkins | May 30, 2017

Sequestration put into place by the Budget Control Act in 2011 (BCA) is still on the books.  But Congress, with the acquiescence of the President, has found a way to make that point moot.  By invoking another section of budget law, section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) and (ii) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of


The Omnibus Is Here

Josh Huder | May 8, 2017

House and Senate leaders  pushed through an omnibus spending package last week. The bill combines 11 appropriations bills for the final months of the FY2017 calendar. Democrats walked away with some big wins in the omnibus. They struck over 100 policy riders, resisted non-defense cuts proposed by President Trump, and managed to block funding for


Senior Fellow Laura Blessing in Scholarship

GAI | March 28, 2017

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. ​


Letter from New GAI Director

Kristin Nicholson | February 27, 2017

It is with excitement that I write this note, my first of many for our GAI newsletter subscribers. On February 1, I became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute, a role I am thrilled to take on following the retirement of my predecessor, Dr. Ken Gold. So, allow me to introduce myself. I grew


Senior Fellow Josh Huder in the News

GAI | January 5, 2017

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

GAI | December 1, 2016

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


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


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in Roll Call

GAI | November 10, 2016

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

GAI | October 28, 2016

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 | October 28, 2016

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.


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