Media Center



Budget Dysfunction: Potential Reforms

Laura Blessing | July 11, 2018

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


House Leadership, Floor Votes, and the House Chaplain With Matt Fuller

GAI | May 11, 2018

Special Guest Matt Fuller joins Matt, Mark, and Josh to talk about the future congressional leaders, the House Chaplain controversy, and reading lips from the House gallery.


Budget Reform: Diagnosing the Problem

Laura Blessing | May 3, 2018

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


Director’s Desk

Friends: Welcome to our May newsletter. This month, Senior Fellow Laura Blessing has a great piece for you on the tough issues facing the Joint Select Committee on Budget Process Reform. Before we get to that, I just wanted to highlight some of the excellent classes we have coming up this spring and summer. Our


Leadership, Politics, and Congress With James Wallner

Special Guest James Wallner joins Matt, Mark, and Josh to talk about his vision of politics and the problems of the contemporary Congress


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins on the Facebook Hearings

GAI | April 11, 2018

GAI Senior Fellow Mark Harkins was interviewed recently by Politico and the Globe and Mail for stories on the Facebook congressional hearings.  The Politico story is here and The Globe and Mail here.  


National Security Confirmations: Politics Beyond the Water’s Edge

Katina Slavkova | April 4, 2018

March 2018 marked a curious milestone for national security that may portend some unexpected clashes ahead for President Trump and congressional overseers.  New personnel selections have dredged up divisive political memories; while the choice of Mr. Bolton (for National Security Advisor) may draw more commentary, Gina Haspel (for CIA Director) will draw the oversight that


Director’s Desk

GAI | April 4, 2018

Hello Friends , I would wish you a happy spring, but looking at the forecast I think it’s best to just stay quiet for now. Whatever the weather, Congress will return on Tuesday after a two-week recess that gave members lots of opportunities to hear from constituents and take the pulse of their districts, for


The Omnibus and the Trump White House

GAI | March 23, 2018

Special Guest Alexis Simendinger joins Matt, Mark, and Laura to talk about the recently-passed omnibus and the state of the Trump White House.


Tariffs, Omnibus, and Elections, with Fat Tire Ale

Josh, Mark, and Matt discuss the president’s proposed steel an aluminum tariffs, the coming omnibus appropriations bill, and the effects of the 2018 elections on congressional politics.


1 2 3 10