Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | June 6, 2022

Dear Friends,

The first half of summer is always an intense time on Capitol Hill, and we are about to be in the thick of it. This week will bring a continued focus on gun violence in both chambers. The House will vote on a large package of gun safety measures this week, while Senate negotiators work to determine if there is a path forward this time.

This week also brings the first in a series of public hearings of the select committee investigating January 6th, which will be televised Thursday night. Several more hearings are expected to follow this month. And is it still possible that Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin and Senate Democrats could finally reach a deal on that elusive reconciliation package? Apparently so, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee will begin subcommittee mark-ups of the National Defense Authorization Act this week, with the Senate following next week. And mark-ups of the FY23 appropriations bills, at least in the House, will unfold throughout June.

Speaking of appropriations, Senior Fellow Josh Huder shares a piece this month on the slow death of the congressional budget process, a bipartisan abdication of responsibility with repercussions throughout federal government. If you’d like a much deeper dive on this topic – and how best to navigate it for your organization – do check out our Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process class beginning June 29. Finally, be sure to look for our latest “Congress, Two Beers In” podcast episode, which will be up later today.

All the best,



Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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