Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | January 9, 2023

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 118th Congress! Following an historic (and at times jaw-dropping) week in the House of Representatives, a new Speaker has been elected and members have been sworn in at last. The legislating begins today when the chamber considers a new rules package that could significantly affect operations in the Chamber. Other concessions and commitments made by Kevin McCarthy to secure his speakership will begin to take shape as committee slots are assigned and fiscal debates get underway. Needless to say, the drama did not end with Friday night’s vote.

As usual, the GAI team has been all over these developments. Meanwhile, if you missed our final 2022 podcast episode, check it out while you wait for a brand new one coming out later today. And now is a perfect time to register for one of our New Congress classes or let us tailor one to bring to you. We are thrilled to be returning to Capitol Hill for many of our upcoming classes, and we’ll continue offering some virtual options for those who find them more convenient.

Every year, GAI has the pleasure of working with dozens of Capitol Hill Fellows sponsored by the Department of Defense, providing education, training and support as they undertake year-long assignments on the Hill. This month, we’re excited to share a piece written by one of those 2022 Fellows, who was a student in Senior Fellow Laura Blessing’s Tax and Budget Policy research seminar. Here, Lt. Col. Timothy Cabana discusses the many serious implications of Continuing Resolutions on the defense community. If you’d like to learn more about our Capitol Hill Fellowships, which are open to employees of any agency, you can find program information here.

Wishing you all the best for a happy and successful 2023,


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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