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Tax Update (August 17th)

Republican spell out fixes in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act On Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Republicans wrote to tax regulators to inform them of Congress’ intent on several provisions of the new tax law that have created problems.  Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) wrote the letter and provided a plan for the Treasury Department and the…
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Trade Update (August 17th)

NAFTA August 16th marked one year since the US, Mexico, and Canada first met in Washington DC to renegotiate NAFTA.  Mexico and the United States have been in discussions without Canada since July.  NAFTA talks stalled in June after the Trump administration opted to levy steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the EU.…
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Health Update (August 17th)

Defense/Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bills   Debate began on Wednesday over the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, the $850 billion “minibus” which will fund defense spending and health care and education programs in FY19. If passed, it will be the first time that a Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bill was approved outside of an omnibus since 2007. There will…
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Congressional Update (August 13th)

The Senate returns on Wednesday for a short work week to consider two federal appeals court nominees and to pave the way for the next appropriations minibus.  While debating the two judicial nominees, Senate appropriators will be working out details for the upcoming minibus that includes the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills.  The legislation would…
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Trade Update (August 3rd)

US – China Trade War On June 15th, after the completion of the Section 301 investigation, USTR announced it would levy 25% tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports.  An additional $16 billion worth of imports would “undergo further review and a public comment period.” On June 18th, the President directed USTR to identify…
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Tax Update (August 3rd)

Regulation Watch We are hearing that GILTI will probably be pushed back until September/October and BEAT will be reviewed towards the end of the year. These regulations will be in proposed form, thus there will be a notice and comment period. In order to make the regulations retroactive they will need to be finalized in 18 months. That…
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Health Update (August 3rd)

The House may be out of session this month, but that has not stopped the Senate from plowing forward with legislative activity this month. This week, the upper chamber passed a “minibus,” a four bill package that addressed funding for the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby…
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Trade Update (July 27th)

Section 232 Autos and Auto Parts The Commerce Department held its hearing on the section 232 autos and auto parts on Thursday (19 July).  Of the 45 witnesses that testified, 44 opposed the investigation and the tariffs, which has led many groups to call this hearing a “show trial.”  Commerce has until February 17th, 2019…
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Tax Update (July 27th)

Tax Reform 2.0 This week, Chairman Brady unveiled a two-page Tax Reform 2.0 outline that offered little in the way of details. The document stated that individual tax cuts would be made permanent, which the Tax Foundation estimates will have a price tag of $638 Billion over 10 years. However, it did not address controversial…
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Health Update (July 27th)

This week, the House was active in moving several pieces of health care legislation before adjourning for its annual August recess. On the floor this week were nine bills on the suspension calendar that had been previously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee, including the Children’s Graduate Medical Education reauthorization, legislation to expand the…
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Tara Sweeney One Step Closer to Leading the Bureau of Indian Affairs

The wait is almost over for Tara Sweeney to take the helm at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Yesterday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for Mrs. Sweeney, where she testified about her preparedness to be a voice for Indian Country at the Department of Interior.  “As Alaska Natives, like our American…
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Tara Sweeney Makes History as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee

On Monday night, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Tara Sweeney to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Mrs. Sweeney currently serves as the executive vice president of external affairs at Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), and has dedicated her career to Native American affairs.  As a…
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Senate Updates Health Care Bill

A revision to the Senate Republican health care bill was released yesterday afternoon, focusing on encouraging individuals to remain continuously covered by health insurance. With the new changes, people who had a lapse in insurance coverage of 63 days or more would be required to wait six months before obtaining health care under their new…
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Senate Republicans Release Health Care Plan

The much-anticipated Senate Republican health care bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was released on Thursday, June 22. The proposed Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act calls for deep cuts in Medicaid, elimination of individual and employers mandates, and allows states to opt out of insurance requirements. The bill reduces the eligibility…
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President Trump vows to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system

President Trump signed the Air Traffic Control Initiative earlier this month in hopes of privatizing and modernizing the ATC. The initiative was signed in the East Room of the White House, where Trump made his remarks. “We’re proposing reduced wait times, increased route efficiency, and far fewer delays,” Trump said. “Our plan will get you…
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