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This Week in Washington - June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

Steve Gordon participated last week in meetings with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and a senior member of the Republican Senate Caucus. Both provided a clear picture of what’s possible this year, and notes from both meetings and other odds and ends are in Steve’s Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston takes a look at Members named to the House Democrats’ Trade Working Group, charged with negotiating key elements of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement with the U.S. Trade Representative. She also looks at Congress’s tackling of a backlog of maintenance needed within the National Park Service.

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This Week in Washington - June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019

Last week was a short week so that a number of Members of Congress could fly to France to participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Steve Gordon reports on the U.S.-Mexican negotiations that thankfully ended Friday night without the imposition of tariffs. He also covers last week’s jobs report, the status of the appropriations process, and concludes with the key messages from the D-Day ceremony. Dana Marston provides highlights of this week’s legislative calendar, as well deeper looks at consumer confidence and a recent report from the GAO on the impact renewable fuel standards have on fuel prices and emissions. We always appreciate your notes and comments. We’ll continue to bring you a discussion of current activity in Washington every week in This Week.

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This Week in Washington - May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

Senators and Congressmen left last evening for home. Staff took off their business suits and are getting ready for the weekend and the Memorial Day holiday. Next week is known as the Memorial Day recess, when traffic will be cut in half and a reservation will not be needed to dine in your favorite restaurant. This is an abbreviated edition. Steve Gordon wraps up the week by focusing on infrastructure and USMCA, and closes with a note about the meaning of Memorial Day. Dana Marston dives into tariffs – and how the lifting of those tariffs may pave the way for ratification of the USMCA. Steve Gordon has left the building for a few days off. Jim Miller is working on a Miller Time, which he’ll have for you next week in This Week.

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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 - April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

Our goal is to filter out white-hot background noise and instead focus on news that impacts members of the Arizona Chamber. Jim Miller leads off in his Miller Time column with a discussion of the Extenders Tax Provisions, and how the Ways and Means Committee in the House might decide to pay for them. Steve Gordon reports on a really big change of rules in the Senate, trade – both USMCA and the negotiations with China – and two big things that happen on April 15th in Heard on the Hill.

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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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