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A budget deal? A government shutdown? Earmarks?

Josh, Laura, Mark, and Matt discuss the prospects for a government shutdown this weekend, the politics of a budget deal, the precarious position of a number of congressional leaders, and the possible return of earmarks to Congress.

Oprah, the legislative presidency, and weak parties

Political scientist Julia Azari joins Josh and Matt on GAI’s latest podcast episode to discuss Oprah as a presidential candidate,Trump as a legislative president, and the strength of American parties.

Senior Fellow Mark Harkins on The HILL AM View Podcast

GAI | January 10, 2018

GAI Senior Fellow Mark Harkins was a guest this morning on The Hill AM View Podcast. He and correspondent Alexis Simendinger discussed the value of earmarks as a legislative technique. Interesting discussion in light of recent comments by President Trump expressing enthusiasm for bringing back this congressional practice.

Outlook for the FY2018 Appropriations Process

Matt Glassman | January 9, 2018

The FY2018 appropriations process in Congress—which will provide funding for the federal government from October 1, 2017, until September 30, 2018—is once again approaching a deadline. After its failure to enact full year appropriations bills by October 1, Congress has passed a series of continuing resolutions (the first through December 8; a

Director’s Desk

Dear Friends: Happy New Year! As Washington begins to thaw, Congress returns for the second session of the 115th Congress facing a serious to-do list and a short window before (even more) attention is consumed by the November elections.  If you want some great perspective on what’s ahead for the year in Congress, featuring key

Spending Bill, Speaker Ryan’s Future, Nominations, and 2018

Matt and Josh discuss the CR in the House, GOP judicial nominations success, Speaker Ryan’s future, and what 2018 holds for Congress.

Director’s Desk

Dear Friends: As most Americans wind down for a brief break – and send those “let’s reconnect after the holidays” emails – Congress finds itself in a flurry of activity. Republicans have passed a massive tax reform package, making good on a key policy pledge but risking backlash from an unpopular bill. Meanwhile, as of

Victims of Their Own Success

Laura Blessing | December 21, 2017

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

At the Water’s Edge: Is House Intelligence Oversight As Good As It Gets?

Katina Slavkova | December 18, 2017

There is a common adage in national security and foreign policy debates that “partisan politics stop at the water’s edge.” This famous statement was first coined by the influential chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Arthur Vandenberg (R-MI) who, at the outset of the Cold War, overcame his political

GAI Podcast Episode 2

GAI | December 15, 2017

Tune in for our second podcast episode where Laura, Josh, and Matt discuss the Alabama election, the tax reform package that is currently winding its way through conference, and the prospects for federal spending beyond December 22 when the current continuing resolution is set to expire.

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