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This Week in Washington - May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

Steve Gordon invited James Carter, an expert on budget, tax and fiscal issues, to present his thoughts on the current state of the federal budget. The picture James paints in his article entitled A Miracle Cure to Save the Federal Budget from Calamity is far from rosy, but it’s worthwhile reading. Steve Gordon brings us up to date on the progress on trade and legislation he’s Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares highlights of this week’s legislative calendar, and also dives into the impact of tariffs on states’ trade with China, trends in long-acting opioid prescriptions, and causes of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S.

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This Week in Washington - May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

Al Jackson has the cover article with his Defense Appropriations Update. Steve Gordon brings us up to date on activity in the Senate, trade, the White House, and the intersection of a good economy and good polls in Heard on the Hill. Our next report will be next week – reporting on This Week in Washington.

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This Week in Washington - April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019

This is the week of Steves. Steve Ruhlen wrote the cover article on The Budget, The Appropriations Process – and the Chance for Compromise. Steve Gordon reports on trade, Agency Watch, a new Secretary of the Interior, and the sound of frustration in the Senate in his Heard on the Hill. The Senate and the House have recessed for 2 weeks. Senators and Congressmen will return to Washington on April 29, and we’ll be back shortly thereafter.

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This Week in Washington - March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019

Steve Gordon reports on what he’s heard about taxes, trade, pharmaceutical pricing, backlog on appointments, and healthcare in Heard on The Hill. Al Jackson brings us up to date on beginnings of the debate on the Defense Appropriations Budget for this fiscal year. Dana Marston digs into a study of the possible impacts of marijuana legalization on opioid prescription rates, and also takes a look at how Americans are changing the way they get their TV programming. We’ll be back next week with another edition of This Week.

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This Week in Washington - March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Steve Gordon took time last week to interview Matt Walker, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association. They are a top tier association, and are leading a grassroots coalition designed to have impact on the National Labor Relations Board’s Joint Employer Standard. We think you will find the interview both interesting and informative. We’ll return to our usual format next week …in This Week.

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This Week in Washington - March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

Our cover article is written by John McKechnie, our financial services expert. We asked John to write about the agenda this Congress in the Senate’s Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. His article – Financial Committees Figure to Struggle in Search of Common Ground – is an excellent read. Steve Gordon discusses News and Noise in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares a calendar for this week’s legislative action, then takes a look at a variety of topics: the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request released yesterday, the potential impact on ag exports on pending (and possible) trade agreements, insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act by state, and the looming debt limit.

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This Week in Washington - March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

This week Steve Ruhlen continues his columns on budget and appropriations. Steve Gordon returns with a summary of what’s he’s heard about both economic and trade issues in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston provides rosters for the new House Budget and Senate Finance Committees, and takes a look at the President’s latest action to delay a tariff hike on Chinese goods, as well as home prices in metro areas across the U.S.

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This Week in Washington - February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019

Steve Gordon is returning from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was the guest lecturer in a senior level political science class. He spoke about lobbying, campaigns, money, and politics. In his absence, Jim Miller has written a thought-provoking article in this week’s Miller Time. Jim describes the debate Americans are having over who we are and the future of America – and how the outcome of that debate will impact Congress for years to come. Al Jackson updates us on defense and related appropriations issues. Dana Marston takes a closer look at the President’s border emergency declaration and one study’s findings on opioids, income and race.

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This Week in Washington - February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

The Senate and the House of Representatives are on a district/state work period. Steve Gordon talks about the mood in Washington, trade talk, the beginning of the 2020 presidential campaign, and more in his Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston looks at trends in opioid prescriptions, this year’s flu season, and the makeup of the new House Oversight Committee. Jim Miller will be back next week with an article that will be both thought provoking and enjoyable. Jim, Steve, and others will be featured next week – in This Week.

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This Week in Washington - February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

The talk of the town last week – and for several weeks – has been the logjam over funding about 25 percent of the government, which includes the Department of Homeland Security. Steve Gordon takes us through the roller coaster of emotions in Heard on the Hill and describes how compromise and the art of the possible appears to have carried the day. Steve also describes some of the discussions at this past weekend’s National Republican Senatorial Committee winter retreat.

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