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Dear Friends, I hope this note finds you all safe and healthy as we transition into 2022. Yesterday marked a dark but important anniversary: one year since the January 6 riot at the Capitol. The trauma of that day lingers for many in Washington and beyond, and I would draw your attention to some of


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Dear Friends, Welcome to the final legislative sprint of 2021. While frantic Decembers have become the norm, this one could be a record-setter. At the beginning of the week I would have told you the easiest item on the to-do list was funding the government, but complications have arisen there as well. GAI Fellow


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Dear Friends, If last week felt like a rerun of the end of September on Capitol Hill, you’re not alone. Once again, House Democratic leaders tried and failed to bring up bipartisan infrastructure legislation for a vote, while various members and factions continued their negotiations and position-taking on the sprawling Build Back Better reconciliation


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Dear Friends, We promised you an intense fall, and Congress has definitely delivered. With four whole hours to spare, on September 30 President Biden signed a Continuing Resolution providing FY22 funding through December 3. But the real drama that ushered in October concerned the fate of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democrats’


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Dear Friends, I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer. As usual, September arrives on Capitol Hill with a packed and frantic legislative calendar. The difference this year is that the activity will be even more intense than normal. Consider the congressional to-do list this month: passing government funding by September 30, lifting


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Dear Friends, I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. This week finds relative quiet on the Hill, with both chambers of Congress on a district break. But don’t be fooled: there is an intense whirlwind of activity brewing. The center of the action right now is in committees, where legislative language is being


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Dear Friends, President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal a week ago, setting up a flurry of budget and appropriations work as soon as the House returns from its Memorial Day recess. While the Senate may follow with mark-ups in July, it remains highly likely that few, if any, of the funding


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Dear Friends, The House may not be in session this week, but there’s still plenty of drama surrounding Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) future in House leadership. Cheney, the GOP Conference Chair, easily survived a challenge earlier this year following her vote to impeach former President Trump. But her colleagues have grown increasingly vocal


Director’s Desk

Dear Friends, I hope you are all enjoying spring wherever you are. It may be recess time for the House and Senate, but there’s still plenty happening in Washington.  President Biden has unveiled a massive infrastructure proposal , and his administration is busy selling the plan to Congress and around the country.


A Disaster of Misunderstanding: Constituent Service is at the Core of Governance

Ten days ago, his state reeling from extreme cold and widespread power outages, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made news in a most unfortunate way. As word spread that he had jetted off to tropical Cancun with his family, Congress-watchers, Texans, and most sentient humans were left aghast that an experienced politician would bail on


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