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. I asked Patrick Robertson to summarize some of the corporate tax changes Democrats are talking about as part of this infrastructure proposal – and then to tease us with 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 before the Senate Finance Committee to consider the nominations of Andrea Joan Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and a second of the Senate Appropriations Committee 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 Congressman Brady – which I am sure you will enjoy.
I also want to introduce you to Blake Fulenwider, our newest Total Spectrum partner. Blake has spent more than a decade creating and administrating health care policy both for a Georgia Congressman and two Georgia Governors – and he was supremely successful as a healthcare advocate and consultant during his first stint with us. Blake will be Total Spectrum Georgia’s Chief Health Policy Advisor, but he will have a national reach and we will feature articles from him in future issues of This Week.
Total Spectrum Spotlight focuses on Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia. Senator Capito serves on four Committees – Appropriations;
Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Environment and Public Works where she is the Ranking Member; and Rules and Administration. She is point person on assembling the Republican response to the administration’s infrastructure proposal and is recognized for her legislative reach and effectiveness. Congressman Erik Paulsen served with Shelley Moore Capito in the House of Representatives and they have a wonderful discussion as former colleagues and friends.