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NameThe Government Affairs Institute is an authority on Congress. All Senior Fellows are experienced observers of Congress who come from backgrounds in political science, public administration, history, economics, among others, and have taught extensively at the university level.

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Back In Session

Laura Blessing | September 11, 2019

Congress is back in session, and all eyes are on the impending budget negotiations.  The past month has not provided a respite from significant news.  A number of mass shootings, border developments, and the clattering of the 2020 presidential aspirants reminds us that while Congress may have escaped the Potomac’s heat, the world does not

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | September 11, 2019

Dear Friends, Every summer must come to an end, and in Washington the arrival of September and the return of Congress can be felt everywhere. There’s lots of action on the Hill, which is contending with an ever-shrinking window of opportunity for any major legislative efforts before the presidential contest becomes all-consuming. One of the

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | June 5, 2019

Dear Friends: Congressional subpoena fights and will-they-or-wont-they coverage of potential impeachment proceedings may be grabbing most of the headlines (more on that below), but there is a slew of other activity for Congress watchers to keep an eye on. The House Appropriations Committee continues to make quick work of its FY2020 funding bills, and a

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Lessons In Impeachment

Laura Blessing | June 5, 2019

In politics, we often learn the lesson of the last time. When President Obama came into office, he and his advisors read Gordon Goldstein’s Lessons in Disaster, which covered mistakes made in Vietnam, to apply them to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The enduring legacy of these conflicts is the power vacuum that enabled the rise

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