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NameThe Government Affairs Institute is an authority on Congress. All Senior Fellows are experienced observers of Congress who come from backgrounds in political science, public administration, history, economics, among others, and have taught extensively at the university level.

The GAI office of communications works with the media as an extension of the Institute’s mission to educate about Congress. Senior Fellows work with media regarding Congress and the federal government, specifically related to their areas of expertise.

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Fellows In The News

GAI Director Ken Gold quoted in Roll Call story

GAI | September 6, 2016

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

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Senior Fellow Mark Harkins on NPR News

GAI | September 1, 2016

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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Laura Blessing’s Essay in the Miller Center’s First Year Project

GAI | August 23, 2016

GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing joins the discussion of the next presidential administration’s challenges via the Miller Center’s First Year Project.  In her piece she argues that the next president should build their party for good governance and accountability, by focusing on message, money, and policy. You can read the entire essay here.

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GAI Assistant Director Worth Hester in Roll Call

GAI | July 6, 2016

A recent article in Roll Call explores a pay gap in congressional staff salaries between the House Democratic and Republican Member offices. According to the Roll Call analysis of the available data, Democratic House Members have edged their Republican counterparts “by spending more on staff by about $150 per day.” GAI Assistant Director Worth Hester says

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