The federal budget process, laid out in the 1974 Budget Act, is a complex, multi-stage process with many opportunities for partisanship and intra-party divisions to derail it. And derailed it has been, with workarounds like omnibus appropriations and Continuing Resolutions (CRs) becoming the new normal. The myriad challenges in the present-day process were discussed at length in
The federal budget process is broken. There are few things that political actors across the spectrum agree on; the deep dysfunctionality of congressional budgeting is one. This topic has received considerable attention in recent years, most recently via a joint select committee created to seek reforms. The need for such an investigation
The Republican Party has become a victim of its own success. Given their legislative, administrative, and impending electoral challenges, this may sound odd. But on their biggest policy priority, tax policy, they may have been too successful. And those previous successes combined with the tax bill passed this week may just imperil their reputation as
As we noted in our last newsletter, September was, perhaps, the cruelest month. A bevy of high stakes deadlines (and potential crises) loomed— many, but not all, were met. But the real blow to the party in power was the failure to meet a parliamentarian-decreed deadline to repeal and replace
Tax reform, particularly genuinely comprehensive tax reform, seems to be the great white whale of American politics. Given that it tends to occur once a generation, the smart money is always on betting on the reform du jour failing. And yet, confident rumblings have yet again surfaced–from Speaker Ryan and Ways and
A Tax Notes article on the tax policy dynamic going forward with a new Speaker and new Ways and Means chair quoted Senior Fellow Laura Blessing on the multiple meanings of “regular order” and Speaker Ryan and Chair Brady’s working relationship. You can read the entire article here (subscription service).
GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing joined WYPR radio host Sheilah Kast on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate to discuss current trends in the Republican Party. She spoke with fellow guests historian Geoffrey Kabaservice and journalist Barry Rascovar; you can listen to their conversation here .
An Al Jazeera article quoted Senior Fellow Laura Blessing on the institutional context Paul Ryan encounters in his new position as Speaker. “The change in the person in the speaker’s chair doesn’t change the political context that surrounds them,” Blessing said. “Even with a little bit of breathing space, he’s going to face the same
GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing was quoted in Alan Greenblatt’s Politico article on the historic nature of the Freedom Caucus’s partisan positioning. “I can think of a number of major examples throughout history where a party has had divisions of consequence. It’s rare that those divisions would represent a position on the fringe of the
The October issue of PS: Political Science and Politics published Senior Fellow Laura Blessing’s piece “Practice and Theory: How Experiencing the Political Process Can Inform Scholarship”. You can read the article here .