Revise & Extend Blog
Revise and Extend is a blog dedicated to providing practical and academic perspectives on congressional policy, politics, and procedure. Managed by the faculty and staff at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, and in line with our organization’s mission, we hope this blog is an important source of information for individuals wanting to know more about congressional operations, member behavior, and, more broadly, American politics.
GAI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, conducting courses on Capitol Hill since 1965. For thirty years, GAI was part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 1995 GAI was privatized by the federal government, and in 1997 it became affiliated with Georgetown University and the McCourt School of Public Policy. GAI’s mission is to provide education and training about congressional processes, organization, and practices, and about selected legislative policy issues.
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Susan Sullivan Lagon | June 19, 2012
Capitol Hill’s collective gaze is fixed upon the Supreme Court, which is poised to announce decisions on several cases by the end of its term in late June. The marquee event, of course, is the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Will the Court invalidate the signature accomplishment of the Democratic
Kenneth Gold | May 31, 2012
Both the Hatch Act, initially signed into law in 1939, and the Anti-Lobbying Act, initially signed into law in 1919, seek to place limits on federal government personnel regarding partisan political activities and lobbying Congress. Recent changes in both laws make it more likely that federal personnel may be found in violation of the statutes,
Susan Sullivan Lagon | December 6, 2011
In what has become the most quoted axiom in modern campaign finance, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and John Paul Stevens opined in 2003, “Money, like water, will always find an outlet.” That outlet in the 2012 campaign is the “Super PAC,” a creature spawned by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010.
Marian Currinder | February 22, 2010
Replete with detailed descriptions of policy accomplishments, challenges, and goals, State of the Union addresses are rarely the stuff of high drama. President Obama mostly adhered to this predictable formula in his January 27 State of the Union address, save for one moment. In speaking about the influence that special interests exercise in the political