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 this writing, House and Senate leaders still aren’t quite sure how they’ll keep the government funded past Friday. While we probably don’t need to dust off the shutdown countdown clocks, members will face a host of major headaches when they return in January, including continuing FY18 funding, adjusting statutory budget caps, raising the debt limit, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and addressing the fate of DACA recipients.

In today’s newsletter, Senior Fellow Laura Blessing takes a deeper dive on the newly-passed tax bill and looks at where this leaves the Republican party on its signature policy issue, while our Fellow Katina Slavkova brings us inside the world of intelligence oversight on the Hill. You can also find information on the Master of Policy Management program at the McCourt School of Public Policy, our home at Georgetown.

Finally, be sure to check out our new podcast, “Congress, Two Beers In,” which features a revolving cast of GAI Senior Fellows and special guests delving into the latest in the legislative branch. We’ll have a new episode out later today, so subscribe here – and listen to previous episodes while you wait.

With that, all of us at GAI send our best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a happy 2018!

Kristin Nicholson