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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - June 29, 2022

June 30, 2022

Congressman Erik Paulsen recently spoke with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) about the bipartisan bill he’s championing entitled the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), previously called the Endless Frontiers Act. This legislation aims to increase American investment in innovation, strengthen the U.S. economy, and build resilience in our supply chain. This bill is designed to boost American investment in technologies widely used from the battlefield to the workplace and ensure that investments of U.S. capital in the Chinese market will not be used to threaten our national security.

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This Week in Washington - June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

Patrick Robertson leads off today’s edition with his Washington Whispers column, which focuses today on the research and development tax credit. We have also prepared an Infograph which provides details on the R&D tax credit. Al Jackson brings us up to date on defense issues and defense appropriations. We recently shared a Total Spectrum Spotlight interview between Congressman Erik Paulsen and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and we’ve included it in today’s edition as well. Watch this short but significant interview of one Senator who is on everybody’s list of rising stars in Washington.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

Congressman Erik Paulsen sat down with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to talk about the viability of the American Dream through access to education and the Senator’s commitment to Opportunity Zones as a vehicle for positive change. Senator Scott also talked about the headwinds facing small businesses, how funding reform is inextricably intertwined with criminal justice reform, and why we must address supply chain issues through infrastructure investments.

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This Week in Washington - June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022

Steve Gordon describes in Heard on the Hill the environment and mood in Washington, and what Congress is likely to tackle in the final six months of this Congressional session. Al Jackson updates us on defense and related appropriations, and Ramona Lessen monitored this week’s hearing of the Senate Finance Committee that dealt with the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2023. Congressman Erik Paulsen is interviewing Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for Total Spectrum Spotlight. Senator Scott sits on the Senate committees for Finance; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and Small Business. Senator Scott is a rising star in Republican politics, and we look forward to bringing you this Total Spectrum Spotlight interview in the very near future. In case you missed it, we’ve also included a recent interview with Charlie Cook, founder of and contributor to the Cook Political Report. His insights on political momentum and which issues will truly drive voters in the midterm elections are worth a watch.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

Charlie Cook, who’s been called the “Picasso of election analysis,” founded The Cook Political Report in 1984 as an independent and non-partisan newspaper that analyzes both elections and political trends. For nearly 40 years, people from both parties have wanted to know “What does Charlie think?” In this edition of Total Spectrum Spotlight, Congressman Erik Paulsen talks with Charlie Cook about what issues may actually drive voters in the 2022 midterms, how we could see a wave election while our country is so divided, and two Members of Congress who, in Charlie’s opinion, have really improved the American experience.

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This Week in Washington - May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

Patrick Robertson reflects this week on his years working in and with members of the U.S.Senate and talks about why headlines such as “The longest 50-50 Senate grinds on” really miss the point. Ramona Lessen reviewed Tuesday’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing that examined the U.S.-Canada Energy and Minerals Partnership. We have also included this week’s Total Spectrum Spotlight. Congressman Erik Paulsen interviewed exclusively for the Arizona Chamber membership Mr. Kevin Hassett, former Senior Advisor and Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. If you’re concerned about inflation, the chance of a recession, or the impact of government regulations on your business, you’ll want to watch this interview.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Below please find an exclusive Total Spectrum Spotlight interview with Kevin Hassett, who was not only a Senior Adviser and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Trump Administration, but was also the economic advisor to President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. If you're at all interested in or impacted by the economy, we're certain this conversation with our colleague Congressman Erik Paulsen will be of interest to you.

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This Week in Washington - May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022

Heard on the Hill covers Monday’s leak of an early draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion on the upcoming Roe v. Wade case – and the security, legal, and political implications of both the leak and the ultimate decision. Al Jackson brings us his Defense Update, and features news on the Administration’s plans impacting Arizona’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Ramona Lessen monitored Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Cyberspace Operations.

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This Week in Washington - April 20, 2022

April 20, 2022

Congress is on their Easter in-state work period. Staff has been preparing throughout this recess for what must get done during the balance of the year and before the November elections. Patrick Robertson has written an excellent article on that subject, highlighting the internal frustrations among Democrats and the choices that Democratic leadership will need to make very soon. Now I want to make a REALLY SPECIAL announcement. We started Total Spectrum Spotlight in the fall of 2020 so we could highlight for you news makers, news shapers, and people who fairly interpret the news. We overcame COVID, the work restrictions placed on us during the pandemic, we ironed out the wrinkles that are bound to be in any new product – and we produced some very good short interviews. Now it is time to take Total Spectrum Spotlight to the next level, so I am very pleased to announce Total Spectrum Spotlight 2.0. Congressman Erik Paulsen will continue to bring you timely and topical discussions with both national leaders and individuals who can help us understand the news. But you’ll see and hear the difference immediately, as we are now partnering with Big Whig Media in Washington, D.C. to really sharpen the final product we deliver to you, our viewers.

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This Week in Washington - April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022

Today’s Heard on the Hill leads with the Leader – Senator Mitch McConnell. I was a consultant to him in his first campaign, and we reconnected recently at a series of events. I summarized his comments on key issues, and I think you’ll find this look into the Leader both informative and interesting. I also summarized the most current information on Rule 42, which could drastically change the number of illegal border crossings, and also the pending legislation that would provide additional funding for COVID tests and medications. Congressman Erik Paulsen helped write the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. He has written an excellent article about the reasons why Congress should make the 2017 tax cuts permanent. Al Jackson brings us up to date on defense and defense appropriations happenings, while Ramona Lessen reports on the House Homeland Security Committee’s April 5 hearing on mobilizing our cyber defenses.

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