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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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This Week in Washington - February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

Steve Gordon leads off with a sweet and sour Heard on the Hill. The sweet part was Friday’s jobs report and an economic comparison of where the economy was two years ago vs. today. The sour part is the current mood in Washington, and the search for an exit ramp. Larry Smith updates us on trade, and Steve Ruhlen continues his introduction of the appropriations process with an article that discusses the possibility that some form of earmarks may return.

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This Week in Washington - January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019

Folks in Washington often speak of ‘tax extenders.’ We asked Jim Miller to explain what tax extenders are – and he has the cover article with his Miller Time. Al Jackson provides an update from the Pentagon. Steve Gordon ties last week together on the wall, the shutdown and later opening up of government, trade, and more in his Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston provides this week’s legislative calendar and looks into projected state tax revenue.

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This Week in Washington - January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick was appointed last week to the House Appropriations Committee. Steve Ruhlen served as chief of staff for two Appropriations Committee members, including Congresswoman Ann Granger, the current Republican ranking member. We asked Steve to begin a series of articles on the scope and responsibilities of this committee and his first article is in this edition. Steve Gordon rounds out this week by exploring the shutdown, the wall, the media, and China in Heard on the Hill. Jim Miller is preparing a short series of articles on tax legislation that either must or may be dealt with in this Congress, and it will begin next week in Miller Time.

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This Week in Washington - January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

We start this year continuing our work of the last, following issues of interest to members of the Arizona Chamber. Larry Smith will continue his coverage of trade issues. Jim Miller will continue to cover tax and legal issues in Miller Time, Mike Joyce will keep us advised on infrastructure developments, while John McKechnie will report on finance. Al Jackson will report monthly on armed services issues and developments, and Steve Ruhlen will introduce us to the world of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Steve Gordon will tell us just about every week what he has Heard on the Hill.

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This Week in Washington - December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018

This week, we asked Steve Gordon to focus Heard on the Hill on the things that need to be concluded by the 115th Congress. Steve calls the first half of his report ‘And now there are only one and one-half things left to do,’ and then concludes this week’s article by thanking Senator Jon Kyl for his service to Arizona. Dana Marston takes a look at the recent Farm Bill passed by both the House and Senate, last efforts at federal tax regulation this Congress, and state trade balances. We’ll close Thursday night so our partners and colleagues can be home with their families over the Christmas holiday, but we’ll keep you advised of any major developments in special editions whenever warranted. This is our last regularly scheduled report this year. We hope each of you has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and both a healthy and successful New Year.

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