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House Passes Resolution Supporting LA Bid for 2024 Olympic Games

Not everything on Capitol Hill has been contentious. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are fast approaching.  Athletes are training hard to depart for the competition in the Southern Hemisphere.  But as athletes from around the world prepare to arrive at the sun soaked beaches of Rio, the international competition to host…
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Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Energy Tax Policy

Hearing Brief June 14, 2016 On Tuesday, June 14, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to discuss current-law energy tax incentives in the context of comprehensive tax reform. The uncertainty caused by their near-term expiration for the industry paired with the changing nature of the energy field has put pressure on Congress for a…
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Multi-Employer Pensions and Puerto Rico: and You Think You Have Problems…

An unnamed Senate Finance staffer spoke at a breakfast this morning on two troubling issues: the state of multiemployer pension plans (MEP’s) and the Puerto Rico public debt and retirement situation.  I admit to not being an expert in this field but wanted to pass along my notes with that caveat. Multiemployer Pension Plans He…
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Obama Administration’s Budget Proposal Review

On Tuesday, President Obama presented his FY2017 budget to Congress.  This is the President’s final budget before he leaves office in January 2017.  The final budget was a $4.1 trillion proposal reflecting his desire to set his agenda for the final months of his presidency and beyond.  The 182 page budget includes a list of…
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Bush Health Plan

Last week, presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush released his health care plan. The plan in its full detail can be found here. Like other Republican candidates, Bush promises to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act and would utilize the tax code to provide financial assistance to individuals and families needing help…
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Fall Legislative Outlook

Following a busy June and July, Congress will return from August break with a packed list of must-pass business to attend to this fall with less than 50 scheduled legislative days on the calendar for the year. Items that will demand attention include: addressing the expiring highway funding patch, which expires on October 29th; reaching…
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Congressional Outlook

When Congress returns from the Easter Recess much of the attention will be on the FY 16 budget. Both the House and the Senate passed their budgets before adjourning for the holiday, and they will attempt to reconcile their respective budgets to come to a common blueprint for running the government in FY 16. The…
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Tax reform and Ways and Means Update

The prospects for business-only tax reform, on which the administration and Chairman Ryan are trying to find common ground, is uncertain at best. Ryan wants reform and unlike Camp seems to be willing to take “smaller bites” while looking for common ground with Obama.  However, after the committee retreat last week, committee members continue to…
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What’s the Ways and Means Committee Plan for 2015?

Organizing the House committees has proved to be a little protracted and problematic (apparently there were issues about assignments on both sides of the aisle). Under House rules, the committees are granted “protected committee time” in the mornings for hearings and markups, while House floor business occurs in the afternoon. As membership of some committees…
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New Year, New Congress

The 114th Congress got off to a swift and snowy start this week and with Republicans holding the largest House majority the party has seen in decades, and the Senate for the first time in 8 years, legislators will not waste any time taking action on both must-pass and long stated priorities as the 2016…
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Capitol Hill Consulting Group Chairman Bill Brewster Chairs Prestigious Natural Gas Roundtable

(Washington, DC) – November 19, 2014 – Capitol Hill Consulting Group Chairman, Former Congressman Bill K. Brewster (D-OK) chaired the Natural Gas Roundtable at the University Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 18th. The Natural Gas Roundtable brings together industry leaders for a monthly discussion and update on issues regarding natural gas and energy…
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CHCG Hosts Senate Finance Committee Preview for 114th Congress

Chris Campbell, soon-to-be Majority Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, provided a preview for CHCG clients on Tuesday, November 12th on the lame duck, the new Congress, and the new Senate Finance Committee. LAME DUCK/EXTENDERS Three must-pass bills will be addressed during the lame duck – Defense Authorization, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to “keep…
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Shelby on the 2014 Mid-Term Election

The story of Election Night 2014 was the Republican wave – a “Crimson Tide”, with the GOP decisively seizing control of the Senate and picking up seats in the House, setting the stage for a number of showdowns between a weakened President Obama and an energized and reinvigorated Republican Congress.  In addition, Republicans won a…
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Tax Update

EXTENDERS.  The top issue on most tax-focused minds these days is the fate of the expiring tax provisions or extenders in the looming post-election lame duck session of Congress. House and Senate staffs are holding preliminary conversations about extenders, with final decisions awaiting their principals’ return. Yesterday, for example, Leaders Reid and McConnell’s tax counsels…
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Election Outlook: Potential Senate Chairmanship Shuffle

With the midterm elections approaching, it is worth considering some possible changes in committee leadership that may occur in the Senate as a result. Currently, most analysts are favoring the Republicans. There are several states that look too close to call conclusively (NC, NH, KS, CO, IA, AK, LA, AR, and GA) but all polling…
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