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This Week in Washington - May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021

This is a recess week in Washington – at least for the Senate – so I took the time to reflect rather than report in Heard on the Hill about President Joe Biden and Senator Tim Scott. The President gave his State of the Union message last week and Senator Scott gave the Republican response; two very different speeches by two very different individuals. Congressman Erik Paulsen wrote an article on the President’s estate tax proposal and the impact it will have on family businesses, ranches, and farms. Total Spectrum Senior Partner John McKechnie has been working in and with the financial services sector for over 30 years. He has written an update on pending activity in the Senate and House Financial Services Committees. Ramona Lessen provides briefs on two House hearings held this week, one on lowering the cost of prescription drugs and another on climate and energy research at the Department of Energy.

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Opinion: Biden’s Estate Tax Plans Would Hit Middle Income Families and Impact Many Family Businesses

May 3, 2021

Total Spectrum strategic consultant and former congressman Erik Paulsen writes about the President’s estate tax proposal and the impact it will have on family businesses, ranches, and farms, as published by The Well News.

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Blake Fulenwider – Total Spectrum Georgia’s New Partnerand Chief Health Policy Advisor

April 26, 2021

Todd Smith, Chairman of the Georgia Group at Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon and Associates, is pleased to announce that Blake Fulenwider has returned to Total Spectrum and will be a Partner and Total Spectrum Georgia’s Chief Health Policy Advisor. Blake will be based in our Georgia office, but he plans to both advocate for and consult with healthcare clients in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation.

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This Week in Washington - April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021

There is nothing generating more interest and more intensity in Congress right now than President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal and the equally massive corporate tax increase that Democrats want to pay for their plan. Patrick Robertson summarizes some of the corporate tax changes Democrats are talking about as part of this infrastructure proposal, then teases some of the changes to the individual tax code that are being discussed for their next legislative agenda. Al Jackson brings us up to date on defense issues, and Ramona Lessen highlights two Senate hearings, one for the nominations of Deputy Secretary of HHS and Administrator of CMS, and a second focused on the American Jobs Plan, infrastructure, climate change, and America’s future. Congressman Kevin Brady, former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and now the committee’s Ranking Member, recently announced his retirement from Congress at the end of 2022. Congressman Erik Paulsen served with Congressman Brady and they were housemates in Washington. Erik wrote a wonderful short article about his friend, colleague, and mentor. I also want to introduce you to Blake Fulenwider, our newest Total Spectrum partner, and this week's Total Spectrum Spotlight focuses on Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia.

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This Week in Washington - April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

The cherry blossoms are out and tourists are beginning to return to Washington. Congress is on recess, so we thought that we would take a deep look at the American Jobs Plan. Steve Veverka top-lines many of the provisions of the infrastructure proposal. Heard on the Hill looks at the plan from the Administration’s perspective and that of Senate Republicans and suggests some things to watch as this bill works its way through Congress. We are happy to include a guest column by Steve Trussell, Executive Director of the Arizona Rock Products Association. Steve discusses the outlook for state and local transportation in Arizona.

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This Week in Washington - March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

Patrick Robertson talks about the next items on the Senate’s legislative agenda and the future of the filibuster in “Washington Whispers.” Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about the new challenges being confronted by America’s small businesses. Al Jackson provides a defense update, and Ramona Lessen shares details from a March 17th hearing of the Senate Finance Committee entitled, “Covid-19 in the Nation’s Nursing Homes – a National Tragedy.” Today’s Total Spectrum Spotlight features an interview with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), who has served as a key member of both House and Senate Republican Leadership. He sits on three key committees and is the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education. Senator Blunt announced that he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2022, so we asked him to share some of his reflections, views on current issues, and his vision going forward. In this discussion with Congressman Paulsen and Michael DiMaria, you will see why Senator Blunt is getting the recognition and praise he richly deserves as a “legislator’s legislator.”

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