Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | April 8, 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying spring wherever you are. It may be recess time for the House and Senate, but there’s still plenty happening in Washington.  President Biden has unveiled a massive infrastructure proposal , and his administration is busy selling the plan to Congress and around the country. But the real action will soon move to Capitol Hill, where committees and party leaders will play a significant role in determining what the package looks like by the time a vote is called. Members of Congress and outside interests have wasted no time laying down markers, demanding changes, and advocating for pet projects.

Meanwhile, Biden is scheduled to release his “skinny budget” tomorrow, which will provide a topline sketch of the administration’s FY2022 budget proposal, due later this spring. Though it will be short on details, the release will allow House and Senate appropriators to formally kick off their annual funding process.

The other two topics dominating discussion in Washington continue to be budget reconciliation and filibuster reform. In this month’s newsletter, Senior Fellow Josh Huder tackles the connection between the two and looks at what Democrats’ novel use the former may (and may not) tell us about the likelihood of movement on the latter.

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All the best,


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