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Kristin Nicholson | September 8, 2021

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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Kristin Nicholson | June 4, 2021

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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Kristin Nicholson | May 5, 2021

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


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Kristin Nicholson | April 8, 2021

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.


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Kristin Nicholson | March 2, 2021

Dear Friends, March is coming in like a lion on the Hill, where a ferocious legislative schedule kicked off yesterday. Action on the latest pandemic-relief package moves to the Senate, following House passage over the weekend. Although the minimum-wage hike will definitely be removed, it remains to be seen how many other changes


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Dear Friends, Where to begin? The 117th Congress is underway, with an intense agenda that has not been slowed by the pandemic-related constraints under which members and staff are forced to work.  Acting on President Biden’s cabinet nominees and other key appointments is the immediate priority for Majority Leader Schumer’s Senate, even though


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Dear Friends, It has been a devastating week for our country, and for all of us at GAI who have spent so many years studying, following, and working in Congress. We care deeply about this institution and send our thoughts to all those who were affected by last week’s events and continue to struggle with


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Kristin Nicholson | December 3, 2020

Dear Friends, Welcome back from Thanksgiving and to the end of the lame duck.  As usual, Congress has a daunting to-do list and a dwindling number of days in which to do it. Of utmost urgency is government funding, which expires on December 11. House and Senate leaders are pressing for an omnibus bill


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Dear Friends, Happy Election Week! I hope you all have found a way to vote early or made a plan to vote safely tomorrow. No matter the outcomes, one thing we know for sure is that election impacts will resonate with everyone who plays a role in government or the policy-making process. This month’s


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