Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | June 4, 2021

Dear Friends,

President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal a week ago, setting up a flurry of budget and appropriations work as soon as the House returns from its Memorial Day recess. While the Senate may follow with mark-ups in July, it remains highly likely that few, if any, of the funding bills will cross the finish line before the fiscal year ends on September 30.

Meanwhile, we may know as soon as today whether a path remains for a bipartisan deal on infrastructure. If not, look for the alternate route of reconciliation to take center stage. And Majority Leader Schumer has promised a Senate vote this month on a sweeping election reform package (H.R. 1 / S.1)  that is sure to intensify the debate over changes to the filibuster. For much more on the road ahead for the filibuster, check out this great discussion hosted by National Journal and featuring GAI Senior Fellow Matt Glassman, along with R Street’s James Wallner and the Brookings Institution’s Molly Reynolds.

Finally, and not for the first time, the debt limit looms over the summer legislative push. In this month’s newsletter, Senior Fellow Laura Blessing offers an in-depth exploration of the history and politics surrounding this perennial issue.

As always, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter, subscribe to our podcast, and keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming courses of interest. While all of our classes remain virtual for the moment, we are eager to return to in-person training as soon as circumstances allow and will keep you posted on any updates to the schedule.

Have a wonderful summer,


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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