Author Archive | Denise Bode

Six Tax Framework Issued

by Denise A. Bode and Anne C. Canfield   This week President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership announced their long-awaited tax reform framework. The release means the beginning of a process that will pit Democrats and some Republicans who disagree on key elements of the framework against the plan’s supporters. The next step in […]

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The Chief Energy Regulator FERC Gets Back To Work

by Denise A. Bode With two new commissioners sworn in, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held its first hearing this week since January. In case you don’t know, FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) […]

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Fantasy Tax Reform

by Anne C. Canfield, Denise A. Bode, and Sarah C. Helton   Football season has begun, Congress has returned to Washington, and a major push to get tax reform enacted by year-end is underway.  The conventional view in “The Swamp” is that the Republicans will not be successful, and that a small tax package of […]

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Harvey Hits U.S. Energy Epicenter

by Denise A. Bode While our hearts go out to the people of America’s Gulf Coast as they deal with Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, it is hard to overstate the impact of its striking the heart of America’s energy infrastructure. It is already sending ripples through energy markets worldwide, extending Harvey’s reach well beyond […]

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Secretary Perry’s Electricity Markets and Reliability Study – These Aren’t the Results You’re Looking For

by Alex Nichols and Kevin Swanson Former Texas Governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry is known for questioning the federal government’s credibility. He’s done it with his 2010 book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington, and even at the Republican presidential debate stage in 2011 when he (eventually) said he wanted to nix the […]

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The Infrastructure Executive Order: Something to Build On?

by Kevin Swanson and Patrick Firth Playing the “what if” game in politics never results in catharsis of the conscience for those tasked with shaping, shepherding and supporting a President’s agenda and as we all know hindsight is 20/20. But what if President Trump had kicked off his domestic legislative agenda with an infrastructure package? Would it have […]

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Happy Birthday, TAPS!

by Denise A. Bode As amazing technology continues to revolutionize our energy future, it is appropriate to reflect on the accomplishment of a landmark technological achievement: the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS). Forty years ago this summer, oil began flowing from Prudhoe Bay to a new marine export terminal at Valdez. Since then, TAPS has […]

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Moving Through the Process of Federal Tax Reform

by Sarah Helton, Senior Advisor, Michael Best Strategies Last week, the “Big 6” released a joint statement on tax reform that sought to impress upon the American people notions of unity between the Republican-controlled Congress and the President and confidence that comprehensive tax reform will happen this year. The “Big 6” includes House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate […]

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The Tax Game is Afoot

A day after the Senate passed the motion to proceed on addressing Obama-care in the Senate by 1 vote, the Big 6, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and […]

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