Author Archive | Denise Bode

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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Steel Tariff Talk and Unintended Consequences

The President declared last week as “Buy America” week, making a number of speeches underscoring his campaign promise to defend American jobs from foreign imports. Steel imports, particularly from China, was a focus, and candidate Trump promised to stop steel dumping in America. This is a big deal because steel is used to make everything […]

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All Eyes are on the Senate’s Attempt to Repeal and Repair the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that the Senate would scrap the first two weeks of its traditional August recess to finish the repeal and repair of Obamacare is important not only for healthcare coverage for Americans, but also for clearing the path for tax reform and infrastructure after the August recess. Additionally, it may […]

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Celebrate our Energy Independence

America’s emergence as an energy superpower signals independence and economic promise. Just how did we get here? It was almost 45 years ago when we lost our energy independence. And it was of our own making. American companies, using their advanced technology and expertise, discovered and developed oil and natural gas in the nations now […]

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Special Elections and Senate Healthcare Bill May Signal Likelihood for Tax Reform

This last week, in the most expensive congressional election in U.S. history, Republican Karen Handel defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat. The former Georgia Secretary of State won by 4 percentage points on Tuesday in the suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s. Democrats also lost […]

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Congressman Steve Scalise—Get Well Soon!

This week’s unprecedented attack on Members of Congress at their charity baseball practice laid low one of the most well liked members, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He still is in critical condition undergoing additional surgery but is expected to fully recover. During his recovery, it is clear he will certainly be missed, because no […]

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Infrastructure Week

This last week was declared “infrastructure week” by the President. Trump stressed that his administration’s push will focus on “forging new partnerships” with businesses to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure investment. He had a whole week of events planned to highlight his new plan, but was overshadowed by the drama back in Washington over the […]

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Tax Reform Moves Into the Spotlight in the House

The House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on its tax reform proposal this week. But this step forward for the GOP’s legislative agenda was overshadowed by the media storm surrounding the Trump Administration, its supposed ties to Russia and the President’s firing of the FBI Director. There was also growing concern expressed […]

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