Updates



Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in the News

GAI | November 18, 2017

In light of the just passed tax bill in the House, Senior Fellow Mark Harkins offers some insights in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on how President Trump is learning to work with Congress.“It seems that it’s easier for Congress to move these large, difficult bills when they have less guidance from the executive branch.” You


GAI Director co-authored an opinion piece for Washington Post

GAI | November 14, 2017

GAI Director Kristin Nicholson and Travis Moore, former legislative director for Congressman Henry Waxman, co-wrote an opinion piece today for the Washington Post that highlights the sexual harassment problems on Capitol Hill. This op-ed comes on the heels of their efforts in circulating a letter urging House and Senate leadership to take action against sexual


GAI Director Nicholson on Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Kristin Nicholson | November 6, 2017

Since the New York Times and New Yorker dropped their bombshell reporting on Harvey Weinstein last month, sexual harassment and assault allegations have come to light against major figures in Hollywood, the news media, politics and other industries. Eyes have turned to Capitol Hill as well, with stories


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in the News

GAI | September 20, 2017

Senior Fellow Mark Harkins discusses appropriations with the Portland Press Herald. “In general, Congress likes inertia, and 95 percent of appropriations bills are going to be what you saw the year before because it’s easier and because they don’t have the time and staff to make major changes on a line-by-line basis,….Unless there’s a real


Senior Fellow Worth Hester in the News

GAI | September 8, 2017

GAI’s Worth Hester weighs in on the President’s decision to cut a deal with Democrats on CR/debt limit/disaster funding package. Here is the entire story on CBCNews website.


GAI Welcomes New Senior Fellow Matt Glassman

GAI | September 6, 2017

On September 5th, I became the newest Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute. I come to GAI by way of the Hill, and I am absolutely thrilled to join my new colleagues at this moment. It really couldn’t be a better time to be researching, writing, and teaching about Congress. This month promises to


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in the News

GAI | August 24, 2017

Senior Fellow Mark Harkins was interviewed by CBS News to weigh in on a recent New York Times report about a widening rift between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. You can see the CBS News story here .


Secrecy in Lawmaking and What it Spells for the rest of the 115th

Josh Huder | July 24, 2017

The House and Senate efforts to repeal and replace versions of the Affordable Care Act have relied on an amazingly convoluted, opaque, and covert process. It was, and is, a stunning display of haste and hubris, well outside the norms of the modern legislative process. Speaker Ryan dropped the American Health Care Act (AHCA) practically


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


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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