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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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What to Expect from Congress during September

Congress returned from its annual August recess this week, and in typical pre-election fashion, will in two weeks to get back on the campaign trail in advance of November’s midterm elections.  Both chambers will focus only on their “must pass” agenda item – a Continuing Resolution (“CR”) to fund the government past September 30th.  House…
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Inversions in the News

OVERVIEW With the November midterms just weeks away, one of the hottest topics in Washington has been corporate tax inversions.  In a nutshell, an inversion happens when a U.S. corporation buys a foreign company and moves their domicile or legal headquarters overseas. By doing this, corporations keep their day-to-day operations the same, but are no…
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The Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Merry-Go-Round

We Have A Deal: Late on Wednesday, October 16 the Senate and House approved compromise legislation, signed into law by President Obama, to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.  The law also included some other provisions – an Affordable Care Act tweak to ensure the health-insurance exchanges verify eligibility, for example –…
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House Ways & Means Tax Reform Update

The Ways and Means Committee Republicans, led by Chairman Camp, are preparing draft language for tax reform and closely working with JTC on the revenue estimates for each section.  One of the key elements is the tax treatment of investment income (capital gains and dividends). Some highlights: Staff believe that the revenue maximizing rate for…
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TAX REFORM AT THE BELL

OVERVIEW: On Friday, August 2, the House joined the Senate in adjourning congressional business in Washington DC until the week of September 9.  Many important issues remain on the to-do list – like a farm bill and stalled immigration reform – but perhaps the most significant challenges that need to be addressed this fall will be…
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The Sorry State of Tax Reform: The Glass Half-Empty

There has been a flurry of activity in the last few weeks since Finance Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch issued their Dear Colleague (attached) to the other 98 senators asking for input on a “blank slate” tax reform project.  Notwithstanding next week’s installment of the “Max and Dave” road show in Philadelphia at which…
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Progress Report: Tax Reform

As Congress returns from the Memorial Day recess, there are varying opinions on the likelihood of tax reform. On one hand, given the events leading up to the holiday, it seems entirely possible.  On May 21st, Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Capitol Hill to defend his company, whose actions, according to a report by…
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Updated Outlook: Tax Reform in 2013

House Revenue measures, including tax reform, must originate in the House according to the Constitution. No doubt tax reform’s strongest advocate is House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), who has spearheaded the effort with dozens of hearings, several jointly with the Senate; Camp above all in the House leadership remains committed to comprehensive…
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