Director’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Happy Election Week! I hope you all have found a way to vote early or made a plan to vote safely tomorrow.

No matter the outcomes, one thing we know for sure is that election impacts will resonate with everyone who plays a role in government or the policy-making process. This month’s newsletter features a great piece from Senior Fellow Matt Glassman about how these effects will be felt across the political and policy landscape over the coming months.

In the short term, we’ve got a lame duck session looming. The Senate comes back in session on November 9, with the House returning the following week. In addition to Leader McConnell’s plan to confirm additional judges, both chambers will face a December 11 deadline to extend FY21 appropriations. A funding deal could include another round coronavirus-related aid, but the parties remain far apart on stimulus priorities.

Meanwhile, plans for the new Congress will be getting underway. House leadership elections are scheduled for mid-November, followed by elections for contested committee chairs and ranking members. If you’d like an inside look at the 117th Congress – its members, committees, legislative priorities and political dynamics – please join us for our virtual New Congress class on January 27 or February 17. We also love bringing tailored versions of this class to individual agencies and offices, so please get in touch if we can help set that up for you.

All the best,


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute