Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | October 11, 2022

Dear Friends:

Congress has adjourned until mid-November, when a packed lame duck session will get underway. In addition to critical pieces of unfinished business like extending federal funding past the current December 16 deadline and passing an FY23 National Defense Authorization Act, there will be a pile-up of other issues to handle. One of those will certainly be emergency funding to deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Other issues left hanging include updates to the Electoral Count Act, energy permitting reforms, and a same-sex marriage bill. And of course, the posturing and negotiating over any number of these could be affected by the outcome of the November elections.

Speaking of the midterms, Senior Fellow Laura Blessing shares a timely piece this month focused on the upcoming elections. Laura discusses what might cause them to depart from the midterm norm of the past half-century and, just as importantly, what the outcomes might portend for Congress in 2023 and possibly well beyond.

In this same vein, GAI is fortunate to have an incredible group of elections analysts who regularly lend their expertise to our programs. If you’re looking to hone your understanding of the key races and dynamics that will determine the outcome of the midterms – and the shape of the 118th Congress – make sure to follow our friends Dave Wasserman, Nathan Gonzales, Leah Askarinam, Kyle Kondik and Jacob Rubashkin.

With that, we wish you a wonderful fall and we’ll be back with more next month.



Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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