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Kristin Nicholson | July 1, 2020

Dear Friends, If you had told me in March I would still be writing to you from a makeshift office at my dining room table, I’m not sure whether I would have laughed or cried. Yet despite our continued remote operations, the whole GAI team is working hard to pivot to online programming. Last week,


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Kristin Nicholson | June 5, 2020

Dear Friends, As summer begins, Congress finds itself – like many Americans – grappling with overlapping crises and historic events. A global pandemic still rages, the U.S. economy has been devastated, and hundreds of communities across America have seen protests and demonstrations in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. House


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Kristin Nicholson | May 6, 2020

Dear Friends, As we navigate the new realities of daily life, Congress finds itself in much the same position as the rest of us. Despite dramatic safety and logistical challenges, and an uncertain timeline for when they may abate, Congress must still find a way to do its work. Further legislative responses to


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Kristin Nicholson | April 1, 2020

Dear Friends, How the world has changed in the few weeks since we last connected. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as we all navigate this uncertain terrain. As always, we are mindful of the countless contributions of our federal workforce as every agency plays its part to meet the


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Dear Friends, How the world has changed in the few weeks since we last connected. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as we all navigate this uncertain terrain. As always, we are mindful of the countless contributions of our federal workforce as every agency plays its part to meet the


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Kristin Nicholson | March 10, 2020

Dear Friends, Like all of you, we at GAI are keenly aware of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are tracking developments and public health guidance closely. At this time, there are no changes to our current class schedule. The Capitol campus remains open to the public, and health and safety measures are being


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Kristin Nicholson | February 4, 2020

Dear Friends, From last night’s debacle in Iowa to the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial, February is certainly off to a dramatic start. Even tonight’s State of the Union address, typically the subject of wall-to-wall media coverage, threatens to be overshadowed by other events. This month, Congress will also begin to


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Kristin Nicholson | January 9, 2020

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a restful holiday because January is not going to be easing us into 2020 gently. For Capitol Hill watchers, this month will be full of intrigue. While Speaker Pelosi continues to hold on to the House impeachment articles passed in December, indications are that


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Kristin Nicholson | December 5, 2019

Dear Friends, While December is often a chaotic sprint on Capitol Hill, this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever. Unfortunately, by now we’ve gotten used to holding our collective breath through year-end congressional wrangling over spending bills. True to form, the clock is ticking on a December 20 deadline to approve


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Kristin Nicholson | November 4, 2019

Dear Friends, We’ve entered the home stretch of the first session of the 116th Congress. This is a time when we typically see the pace (and anxiety) tick up dramatically on must-pass legislation like the annual appropriations bills and the National Defense Authorization Act. Meanwhile, members are scrambling to try to hitch rides on these


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