Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | April 1, 2019

Dear Friends:

Happy spring! While cherry blossoms steal the show outdoors, a buzz of activity continues inside the Capitol complex. A slew of committees are holding hearings on the FY2020 budget, with Cabinet members and other officials making the trek to the Hill to defend the President’s funding requests. However, it looks like the new Democratic House majority may not have any more luck than their Republican predecessors in passing a budget resolution.

Congressional oversight continues at a rapid pace in the House, with new fights ramping up over the Mueller report, security clearances and much more. President Trump’s North American trade deal is running into some stiff headwinds from key members of Congress. And it’s hard to find anyone on the Hill who seems interested in making good on the President’s renewed promise to replace Obamacare.

Meanwhile, the Senate appears poised this week for a major rules change, and we’re here to help break it down for you. As Senior Fellow Josh Huder lays out in our latest newsletter, the upper chamber is creeping ever closer to a procedural regime that looks an awful lot like the House of Representatives.  GAI’s faculty dives into this and lots more on our latest “Congress, Two Beers In” podcast.  Catch up on old episodes and subscribe here.

Hope to see you soon.


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