GAI Director in the News

GAI | November 5, 2019

GAI Director Kristin Nicholson recently shared some thoughts with the Washington Post on how Congress is handling sexual harassment and misconduct. You can read the entire article here .

Appropriations Update

Mark Harkins | November 4, 2019

Here we go again. To keep the government funded past the start of the fiscal year on October 1st, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that lasts until November 21st. Over the last decade, during non-election years, it has taken, on average, SIX months into the fiscal year before all 12 appropriations bills have been

Director’s Desk

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

Senior Fellow Josh Huder in the News

GAI | November 1, 2019

GAI Senior Fellow Josh Huder wrote a piece for the The New York Times on the just-passed House resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry. You can read it here.

GAI Senior Fellow Matt Glassman testifies on Capitol Hill

GAI | November 1, 2019

Senior Fellow Matt Glassman testified recently on congressional mailing operations at the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  You can view the hearing proceedings here .

Impeachment Politics Requires a Different Vote Calculator

Josh Huder | October 9, 2019

Anyone who watched School House Rock knows how bills become law. From a numbers standpoint, it is straightforward.  It needs 218 votes in the House, 51 votes in the Senate (60 to cut off a filibuster), and a presidential signature. Given this math, some wonder why Speaker Pelosi is hesitating to pass a resolution—which

What comes next in the impeachment inquiry?

Matt Glassman | October 3, 2019

Last week, following a whistleblower complaint about certain foreign affairs actions taken by the White House, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was beginning an “official impeachment inquiry” into President Trump. Pelosi directed six House committees to put together their case for potential impeachment and forward them to the

Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | October 3, 2019

Dear Friends, This last week has brought with it a whirlwind of activity.  While we always have an eye on the federal appropriations process and how it affects your agencies, the fact that a Continuing Resolution was passed, as predicted by our last newsletter, got virtually no bandwith.  The federal government is now funded

Back In Session

Laura Blessing | September 11, 2019

Congress is back in session, and all eyes are on the impending budget negotiations.  The past month has not provided a respite from significant news.  A number of mass shootings, border developments, and the clattering of the 2020 presidential aspirants reminds us that while Congress may have escaped the Potomac’s heat, the world does not

Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | September 11, 2019

Dear Friends, Every summer must come to an end, and in Washington the arrival of September and the return of Congress can be felt everywhere. There’s lots of action on the Hill, which is contending with an ever-shrinking window of opportunity for any major legislative efforts before the presidential contest becomes all-consuming. One of the

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