As the new Congress takes seat, policy leaders are confronted with economic uncertainty and a dramatically different policy environment in 2023.
Razor-thin margins in each chamber mean that policymakers on both sides of the aisle face more contentious legislative and political battles in the new Congress. This increasingly divided political landscape is the focal point of Penta Policy Insiders’ annual Washington Insights Review this year. Our research highlights policymaker policy priorities, as well as perspectives on broader topics such as Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and corporate engagement.
Where do policymakers agree? The importance of the economy is a top policy priority. Amidst concerns about inflation as well as the risk of recession, policymakers on both sides of the aisle told us the economy is their top priority.
Policymakers also agree on best practices for improving effective engagement. As engagement increasingly moves in-person, policymakers believe relationship-building is still incredibly important. Our research identifies tactics advocates should avoid when engaging policy staff. One big don’t? Last-minute asks. While disparities exist between policymakers when it comes to policy issues, staff on both sides of the aisle agree that fostering dynamic relationships is as crucial as ever.
Based on hundreds of conversations with D.C. policymakers, this year’s Washington Insights Review aims to help improve policy conversations by highlighting best practices for effective engagement given the backdrop of a new, divided Congress and economic uncertainty.