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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | May 3, 2022

Dear Friends, Last night’s extraordinary release of a draft Supreme Court opinion appearing to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision has ensured abortion rights will dominate the conversation on and off the Hill this month, and likely for remainder of this Congress. Expect lots more talk about eliminating the filibuster in order

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The Defense Budget: Current Status and Core Issues

Katina Slavkova | May 3, 2022

Defense officials are already busy making the obligatory annual rounds on Capitol Hill in support of the President’s preferred spending priorities. The current steady pace of congressional hearings might suggest that Congress is methodically working its way towards a timely passage of the defense budget. But this burst of activity on the

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | April 5, 2022

Dear Friends, Happy spring! Last week, Congress received President Biden’s FY23 budget, a document that any legislative branch denizen will remind you is merely a proposal. The next couple of months will bring a slew of committee hearings, staff briefings, meetings with advocates, and member project requests as the appropriations committees prepare to

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The Legacy Question

Laura Blessing | April 5, 2022

It’s time.  Time to talk about the L word.  As the cherry trees blossom in Washington and legislators’ minds turn towards reelection, the administration is taking stock of its legacy.  In our hyper-polarized era, an administration’s first two years, especially if under unified governance, play an outsized role in the mark they leave on politics,

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