Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | September 8, 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer. As usual, September arrives on Capitol Hill with a packed and frantic legislative calendar. The difference this year is that the activity will be even more intense than normal. Consider the congressional to-do list this month: passing government funding by September 30, lifting the debt limit, finalizing negotiations on a massive budget reconciliation bill, passing the bipartisan infrastructure package in the House, approving emergency funding for recent natural disasters, and addressing ongoing questions about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The endgame for any of these items is far from clear, and we are in for a tense and fascinating month.

In our September’s newsletter, Senior Fellow Matt Glassman takes a closer look at the positioning among  Democrats surrounding the bipartisan infrastructure deal and upcoming reconciliation package, and what it can tell us about the dynamics of leadership, representation, and internal party politics.

GAI also has a packed fall calendar, so be sure to check our schedule for upcoming classes, and please reach out if there’s a tailored program we can help create for your organization. We have a wide variety of virtual options currently available, and we’re eagerly awaiting the opportunity to return to in-person training as soon as possible.

All the best,


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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