Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | June 7, 2023

Dear Friends,

Washington may be starting June with wildfire haze and sonic booms, but thankfully at least not a debt default. I hope you’ll read on for Senior Fellow Laura Blessing’s fascinating look at the many similarities between the debt limit negotiations of 2011 and 2023, and some important cautions for the future.

With that crisis in the rearview (for now at least), Congress is turning its attention to a host of other issues as the traditional summer work crunch intensifies – which is certainly not to say it’s all going to be smooth sailing from here. The debt limit agreement set a top-line budget number for FY24, a key step in allowing appropriators to begin the difficult work of crafting their funding bills. Defense spending is looking to be a particularly thorny issue in the coming months. Meanwhile, delayed committee mark-ups on the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act will resume June 13 in the House and a week later in the Senate.

Our GAI podcasters were joined recently by Michael Thorning of the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss the debt limit, legislative branch funding and efforts to modernize Congress. Take a listen, and we’ll have a new episode for you soon. Finally, be sure to check out all the great classes we have coming up this summer and fall, or let me know if there’s a tailored training we can create for you.

All the best,


Kristin Nicholson is the Director of the Government Affairs Institute

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