Director’s Desk

GAI | July 11, 2018

Hello, friends –

With summer in full swing, Congress returns this week for a quick sprint to the August break (or for Senators, some form of August work period followed by – they hope! – a nice recess until Labor Day). With President Trump’s Monday announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his next Supreme Court pick, all eyes turn to the Senate for what should prove to be a noisy and intense confirmation battle.

Meanwhile, controversies over the Trump Administration’s policies on trade and immigration enforcement continue to roil Capitol Hill and may find their way into appropriations amendments and other legislative action in the coming weeks. And of course, the looming November midterm elections will have an inescapable impact on all of this, and it’s only going to intensify.

In this newsletter, Senior Fellow Laura Blessing continues her budget process discussion from the last edition. Below, she examines many potential reforms and addresses both their usefulness and feasibility. With the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reforms scheduled to meet again tomorrow, it’s a timely look at a vexing and important topic.

All of us at GAI wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer, and we hope to see you soon!


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