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Trade Update (December 7)

Remembering President George H.W. Bush (41st US President) This week, Washington, D.C. took time to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday night at the age of 94. From Monday until Wednesday morning, the former president laid in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, and thousands of Americans came to…
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Tax Update (December 7)

Remembering 41 This week, Washington, D.C. took time to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday night at the age of 94. From Monday until Wednesday morning, the former president laid in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, and thousands of Americans came to pay their respects. On Wednesday morning, a…
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Health Update (December 7)

Remembering 41 This week, Washington, D.C. took time to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday night at the age of 94. From Monday until Wednesday morning, the former president laid in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, and thousands of Americans came to pay their respects. On Wednesday morning, a…
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Tax Update (November 30)

The Fate of Extenders   Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady’s (R-TX-08) year-end tax bill is on life support after being pulled from the House floor today. Republican leadership is blaming low attendance and steering committee scheduling, but it’s more than likely Republicans did not have the votes. Even if the bill can be resurrected…
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Trade Update (November 30)

  US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)   President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the USMCA in Buenos Aires on Friday (Nov 30). All three leaders are in Argentina for the G-20 summit.   The signing was largely ceremonial as the three countries still need to ratify the agreement before…
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Health Update (November 30)

2019 House Calendar   The incoming House Democratic leadership team has released the 2019 legislative work schedule. The House schedule for the first session of the 116th Congress can be viewed here.   Prescription Drug Comments, Rules, and Litigation   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting public comment on creating new software applications for…
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Tax Update (November 16)

Lame Duck Tax Policy In conversations with both House and Senate staff, there is agreement that something will be done on taxes during the lame duck. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) insists he does not want to just rubber stamp extenders – or kick the can – for another year. He has a comprehensive…
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Health Update (November 16)

  Last week, voters across America turned out in record numbers for the 2018 midterm elections. Health care was a top priority for many voters, and the results of the elections will have vast implications for the health policy landscape in the 116th Congress. To read a summary of last week’s post-election coverage from Capitol Hill Consulting…
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Post-Midterm Election Analysis

Post-Midterm Election Analysis   The 2018 midterm elections were held Tuesday, November 6. There were 470 federal races on the ballot, with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats up for reelection. Heading into the election, Democrats were strongly favored to win control of the House for the first time…
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Tax Update (November 2)

956 Regulations: The Department of the Treasury submitted proposed regulations to the Federal Register that would revise the rules relating to investments in U.S. property under section 956 to reflect changes enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.[i] Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determined that, following the enactment of the participation exemption system…
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Trade Update (November 2)

  US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)    The US International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a hearing entitled “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the US Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors” on November 15. The deadline for requests to appear at the hearing were due on Monday (Oct 29), but written submissions for the record can be submitted…
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Tax Update (October 26)

  Trump’s 10% Tax Cut: President Donald Trump has promised a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class, but the administration has been short on details thus far. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is willing to work with the president to accomplish this goal. In a statement[i], Brady said he has…
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Trade Update (October 26)

  Senator Portman Speaks at Heritage Foundation Trade Event   Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke at The Heritage Foundation’s “US Automotive Industry Needs Free Trade” event on Tuesday (23 Oct). Before being elected to the Senate, Portman served as US Trade Representative in the George W. Bush administration. During his speech, he discussed a variety of trade…
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Health Update (October 26)

  Opioid Epidemic This week, President Trump signed H.R. 6, the sweeping opioids legislative package. The legislation comes just a year since the president declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and the bill he signed on Wednesday is one of the most bipartisan bills passed in the 115th Congress. President Trump praised the work of…
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Tax Update (October 19)

Treasury Releases 2019 Regulatory Plan: This week, the Treasury Department released their regulatory plan for 2019. The plan identifies 17 regulatory projects regarding implementation of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a “first priority.”[i] It states that “the IRS and Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy will continue to . . . eliminate, or in…
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