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Congress and the Ulysses Solution: When Tying Your Hands Can Work; And When It Doesn’t

The sequester is in place despite Congress providing itself an expedited process meant to stave off these indiscriminate and draconian across-the-board cuts. Back in 2011, when congressional Republicans insisted on substantial spending cuts as the price of increasing the debt ceiling, the President and Speaker Boehner tried to reach a “grand bargain”. After failing in


“For Your Benefit” Radio Program

GAI faculty Kenneth Gold and Susan Sullivan Lagon joined hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan on the Federal News Radio program For Your Benefit. Topics discussed on the program broadcast include 2012 election results, polarization in both houses, resistance to compromise, leadership changes and committee chairs; the deficit and the


A History of Congressional Leadership

Senior Fellow John Haskell joined the C-SPAN Washington Journal program to talk about the roles and responsibilities of top leadership positions in both chambers of Congress.  


The Assault Weapons Ban: Lessons about Congress

In the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, President Obama set forth a list of proposed gun control measures including a new assault weapons ban. An earlier ban expired in 2004. Regardless of how you feel about the proposal or how effective the previous ban was, its 2004 expiration illustrates four features of the


Understanding and Working with Congress

Understanding and Working with Congress is offered only by request, and can be conducted anywhere from two hours to a full day in length. It is designed to enable participants to more effectively represent their programs and policies by gaining a better understanding of the role of Congress with respect to the executive branch in


Media Giants Big Donors To Rep. Markey

Senior Fellow Marian Currinder spoke with the Boston Globe regarding Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), a leading contender to replace Sen. John Kerry. “Even if Markey is seen as hostile to corporate interests, the industry wants lawmakers like him to consider their viewpoints.” “You’re not counting on Markey — if you’re a big industry group —


On Warren Rudman

You may have noticed the death of former Senator Warren Rudman, Republican of New Hampshire. Some obituaries refer to Rudman as one of the quintessential moderate Republicans of an earlier era, a “breed” that barely exists anymore. This take on Rudman’s career is not really accurate–the truth about where he stood on the ideological


Moving Right Along: The Fiscal Cliff

Barely taking a breath after an election that kept Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in charge of the Senate and the White House, our political leaders immediately turned to the work at hand. Of course we’re talking about a constellation of pressing budget issues, aka, the “fiscal cliff”. Within two months we


Five Things You Didn’t Know about the 2012 Elections

With dozens of cable, radio, web-based, and print outlets covering the campaign, obviously there’s a ton of punditry out there. Much of it, we’ve noticed, is repetitive, one-sided, or simply misinformed. GAI is hoping to add something useful to the discussion that you may not have heard or read yet. Let us know what you


Laura Blessing, Ph.D.

Laura Blessing, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2015. Prior to coming to GAI, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she was also a Miller Center National Fellow and a fellow for the Bankard Fund for Political Economy. Her dissertation covers the politics and development of tax policy; her interests include policy, institutions, and political parties.


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