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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.

The GAI office of communications works with the media as an extension of the Institute’s mission to educate about Congress. Senior Fellows work with media regarding Congress and the federal government, specifically related to their areas of expertise.

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Fellows In The News

Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | November 6, 2017

Dear Friends, It’s November, and that means a mad rush is underway in Congress to notch some legislative accomplishments before members head home for the holidays (if they’re lucky). House Republicans finally introduced their tax proposal last week, but the steep climb toward passage is only beginning. Multiple fiscal deadlines loom in the coming weeks,

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | October 4, 2017

Dear Friends: Fall is here, and attention on Capitol Hill has shifted decisively towards tax… reform? cuts? Time will tell. In the meantime, GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing takes to the newsletter this month to explain what changing the tax code involves, what makes this effort different from those that came before, and why it’s

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Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in the News

GAI | September 20, 2017

Senior Fellow Mark Harkins discusses appropriations with the Portland Press Herald. “In general, Congress likes inertia, and 95 percent of appropriations bills are going to be what you saw the year before because it’s easier and because they don’t have the time and staff to make major changes on a line-by-line basis,….Unless there’s a real

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Senior Fellow Worth Hester in the News

GAI | September 8, 2017

GAI’s Worth Hester weighs in on the President’s decision to cut a deal with Democrats on CR/debt limit/disaster funding package. Here is the entire story on CBCNews website.

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