Laura Blessing, Ph.D.



Laura Blessing, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2015.  Prior to coming to GAI, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she was also a Miller Center National Fellow and a fellow for the Bankard Fund for Political Economy.  Her dissertation covers the politics and development of tax policy; her interests include policy, institutions, and political parties.  While at UVA she also taught courses on Congress, the Presidency, and Media and Politics for students at both UVA and Sweet Briar College.  After defending her dissertation she worked on the Hill as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow.  She served as the legislative assistant for tax policy for Lloyd Doggett (D, TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee.  She is currently working on a book on the politics of tax policy from the midcentury period to today.

Education: PhD, University of Virginia; MA, University of Virginia; MAT, Johns Hopkins University; BA, George Washington University.

Expertise:

  • Politics of Tax Policy
  • Budgetary Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • Legislative Process
  • State of Partisanship
  • Congressional Operation and History
  • Executive-Legislative Relations

Media: For interviews, events, and news stories, e-mail gai@georgetown.edu or you can call our office at 202-333-4838

RECENT MEDIA IN THE MEDIA CENTER


Budget Dysfunction: Potential Reforms

Laura Blessing | July 11, 2018

The federal budget process, laid out in the 1974 Budget Act, is a complex, multi-stage process with many opportunities for partisanship and intra-party divisions to derail it. And derailed it has been, with workarounds like omnibus appropriations and Continuing Resolutions (CRs) becoming the new normal. The myriad challenges in the present-day process were discussed at length in

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Budget Reform: Diagnosing the Problem

Laura Blessing | May 3, 2018

The federal budget process is broken.  There are few things that political actors across the spectrum agree on; the deep dysfunctionality of congressional budgeting is one.  This topic has received considerable attention in recent years, most recently via a joint select committee created to seek reforms.  The  need for such an investigation

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